Author Results for G.R.G. Worcester

Four Junks of Kiangsi

By G.R.G. Worcester

The author, a River Inspector employed by the Chinese Maritime Customs from 1914-1948, wrote extensively about traditional Chinese craft on the river Yangzi. In this article he focuses on four type of junks of Kiangsi province giving details of design and construction, use and type of cargo carried. Drawings of the junks are also included. Read More

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

Six Craft of Kwangtung

By G.R.G. Worcester

China’s southerly province, Kwantung, produced various boats for specific needs. Hanan’s three-masted sea-going junk varied in size from about 42-88 ft. in length. The Tsat-Pong-Tor, an open-sea trawler, used Western hull-lines, vertical stern planks, and a fenestrated rudder. The Liu-P’eng Ch’uan, Paper Boat, had a 10ft high bow, essential for river-rapids work. The Fy t’eng, […] Read More

Filed under: Other (Early Modern) | Other (Eighteenth C) | Other (Twentieth C) | Other (Nineteenth C) | Pacific | Internal Waterways
Subjects include: Merchant Marines | Shipbuilding & Design | Whaling & Fishing

The Society Annual Lecture 1957: The Voyage of Mayflower II

By G.R.G. Worcester

The article covers the issues raised in the construction of the Mayflower II, and the sailing across the Atlantic from Brixham, Devon, to Plymouth, Massachusetts. The talk by Alan Villiers touched on the practicalities of constructing a ship for display purposes and compliance with safety regulations meant that the Mayflower II was not an exact […] Read More

Filed under: Atlantic | Other (Early Modern) | Other (Twentieth C)
Subjects include: Historic Vessels, Museums & Restoration | Ship Handling & Seamanship | Shipbuilding & Design

Four Small Craft of T’ai-wan

By G.R.G. Worcester

A description of the 4 most usual craft found in 1948 Taiwan and its nearby islands, along with a description of the ethnic and economic make up of the population. Detail with drawings are given of the craft, along with a description of their use and the techniques used to build them. Read More

Filed under: Post WW2 | Pacific
Subjects include: Leisure & Small Craft | Shipbuilding & Design | Whaling & Fishing

The Origin and Observance of the Dragon Boat Festival in China

By G.R.G. Worcester

The importance of the Festival within the Chinese calendar is explained, together with the origins of the traditional elements such as the sprinkling of rice into the water, the eating of small three-cornered rice cakes and the floating of small paper lanterns on the water. The dragon boat races take place in specially constructed vessels, […] Read More

Filed under: Other (Twentieth C) | Internal Waterways
Subjects include: Leisure & Small Craft

The Society Annual Lecture 1955: A Voyage from Lisbon to Portsmouth by Alan Villiers

By G.R.G. Worcester

This report of the lecture described the films shown by Alan Villiers. The first showed the location of the traditional fishing fleet on the beaches of the west coast north of Lisbon. Next he went aboard one of the beach fishing vessels before travelling with the fleet to the tunny fishing sites in the Mediterranean. Read More

Filed under: Atlantic | Other (Twentieth C) | Mediterranean
Subjects include: Whaling & Fishing

The Coming of the Chinese Steamer

By G.R.G. Worcester

The article relates the introduction of steam propulsion to China in the mid to late 19th century both for naval and mercantile purposes. The author describes the contributions of two “scholar-generals”, Tseng Kuo-fan and Tso Tsung-T’sang to the development of a steam powered Chinese navy for use in conflicts on inland waters as well as […] Read More

Filed under: Opium Wars | Other (Nineteenth C) | Internal Waterways
Subjects include: Merchant Marines | Navies | Shipbuilding & Design

The First Naval Expedition on the Yangtze River 1842

By G.R.G. Worcester

This article describes how a British Fleet, under Sir William Parker, consisting of a line-of-battle ship, some frigates, sloops and transports, in all seventy sailing vessels, proceeded under canvas up the Yangtze River, as far as Nanking, assisted only by five small steamers.   It lists the actions that it conducted on the way up river […] Read More

Filed under: Opium Wars | Pacific
Subjects include: Battles & Tactics

The Chinese War-Junk

By G.R.G. Worcester

China has traditionally placed emphasis on scholarship but little has been recorded on nautical lore. There is an absence of plans or dependable descriptions and records of the war-junk are limited to a few woodcuts which liken them slightly to the fighting craft of ancient Egyptians and warships of the Venetians of A.D.1200. For centuries […] Read More

Filed under: Other (Early Modern) | Internal Waterways
Subjects include: Battles & Tactics | Navies | Shipbuilding & Design