1929 China Photographs by British Sailor on the Yangtze Boats


A c1929 -1930 very interesting array of 84 photographs that were collected by a Royal Navy Sailor (sailed on HMS Dartmouth and came back to England on HMS Vindictive), who was attached to the River Patrol Boats that protected the commerce on the Yangtze River, during the civil war.
The photos are a combination of black and white and sepia toned images. They measure 14 x 8.5 cm (5 3/8 x 3 3/8 inches) and show views along the river Yangtze of other river boats, some stranded or partially sunk, and Chinese life along the river, including floating villages. The vessels include HMS Peterel (1927-1941), the SS Kung Wo (1921-1942), Shu Tung (1921-?), etc. There are famous landmarks such as the 3 Gorges of Wuhan (then called Hankow), where the walls of the canyon tower over the river, creating rapids. One of the stranded boats, Shu Tung, has messages painted on its wheelhouse stating that there are no military personnel or munitions on board, in order to discourage local warlords from attempting seize the vessel.
There are also images up the Huanpu River of Shanghai and other riverside ports and stone statues of animals from Ming or Song dynasty burial sites. Several of the back of the photographs have Chinese writing in pencil, describing the image.
A very interesting collection of Chinese social history.
Size: 14 x 8.5 x 2 cm (5 3/8 x 3 3/8 x ¾ inches)
Weight: 189 g