Maine and the Asian Trade

Clarissa B. Carver Sale of Wreck

Advertisement for the sale of the wreck of the ship Clarissa B. Carver, which was sunk by a steamer near Kobe, Japan on June 7, 1885.

Chinese Mask

Chinese devil chaser mask brought back from the Yangtze River area by Captain Wilbur Carver of Searsport. He was a young naval officer when he purchased this mask, in service on the China station in the 1930s.

Ship Clarissa B. Carver

This ship portrait was done by an unknown Chinese artist. China had a tradition of ship portrait painting that dated to English artists teaching the craft to Chinese artists starting in the 1840s. The Clarissa B. Carver was built by George A. Carver in Searsport in 1876 for Captain Jonathan Dow. Under the command of Leroy Dow, she was lost in a collision with a steamer near Kobe, Japan in 1885.

Oil on board.

Routes to China during NE Monsoons

Map in book showing best sailing routes taken to go to the Asian Pacific, during the NE Monsoon season, from October to April.

From The Seaman's Guide to the Navigation of the Indian Ocean and China Sea by W.H. Rosser and J.F. Imray, 1867.

Landing at Sunda Strait

Landing a boat at Sunda Strait, photographed by Joanna Colcord aboard the ship State of Maine in 1900. Sunda Strait is the passage between Java and Sumatra, and it is the gateway between the Indian Ocean and the South China Sea.

Fishing Fleet at Hong Kong

The Chinese fishing fleet at Green Island, Hong Kong photographed by Joanna Colcord on the State of Maine in 1900.

Rose Medallion Plate

Chinese Rose Medallion platter brought back by the Dow/Eaton family of Searsport.

Chinese Ceramic Tea Bowl and Saucer

Chinese export ceramic tea bowl and saucer, with scalloped blue and white border and enameled decoration. Design has Mandarin man and his lady at the tea table and a boy at the window.

Chinese Tea Box

Chinese tea box, decorated with two horses on front. Bottom reads "Per Mails Steamer, Choicest Specialty Selected First Crop Lap Sang Souchong." By the time this tea was exported, the fastest way to get tea from China was by fast steamship, the same steamship that carried the mail. The days of racing to England with the fresh tea crop under sail were gone.

Chinese Export Ceramic Teapot

Chinese export ceramic teapot, with a scene showing people playing with a dog.


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