January 2014-2020

Seafaring, Trade and Knowledge Transfer

Maritime Politics and Commerce in Early Middle Period to Early Modern China

Shinkoku hyōryū zu 清国漂流図 (Map of drifting to Qing China; printed 1814), 3 juan 巻 (上,中,下), by Moriyama Teijirō 森山貞次郎 and Nishi Kiyoyoshi 西清美. Courtesy of the Waseda University Library.
This scroll describes and illustrates the adventures of the crew (28 Japanese and 1 Ryūkyūan) on a Satsuma 薩摩 ship, the “Chokyū maru” 長久丸, that sailed from Naha (Ryūkyū) back to Satsuma and got into distress in a taiphoon a few days after departure in summer 1810. Two people died in the storm and the remaining crew drifted to the coast of Jiangnan in China, where they were finally rescued by Chinese fishermen and handed over to the local authorities. After some bureaucratic procedures they were eventually sent back to their home countries.

Project

Seafaring, Trade, and Knowledge Transfer: Maritime Politics and Commerce in Early Middle Period to Early Modern China

This project is being sponsored by the Gerda Henkel Stiftung.

Gerda Henkel Stiftung

For more information, visit the project website on schottenhammer.net.