The Smoke Ship

By Alan Reid, published February 1986


A study based on an unusual vessel, the Jardine, built as a schooner in Aberdeen in 1834 for Jardine Matheson to carry passengers between Canton and Macao. She was fitted with steam engines to drive two paddle wheels, but initially remained a sailing vessel. When she began steam operations, the Canton authorities became alarmed by “the Smoke Ship”, opened fire on her and ordered her from Chinese waters. In 1836 she was sent to Singapore where she continued years of lively voyaging before being allowed to return to China.

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Filed under: Other (Nineteenth C) | Other (location)
Subjects include: Ocean Liners & Passenger Craft | Shipbuilding & Design

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