River Craft of the Yangtzekiang

By Ivon A. Donnelly, published February 1924


Donnelly describes a number of junk types that plied the Yangtsze. Being some 3000 miles in length it is the most important of the three great Chinese waterways. Commencing at the river’s mouth he provides details of the more important types, which evolved to cope with the riverine conditions peculiar to their trading areas. Vessels ranged in size from a mere 30 to over 150 feet, with the very largest being capable of carrying around 400 tons of cargo. The most unusual vessel encountered was the “Crooked Stern Boat” which was designed to meet very particular river conditions.

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Filed under: Other (Twentieth C) | Internal Waterways
Subjects include: Shipbuilding & Design

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