Maine and the Orient

Clarissa B. Carver Statement of Salvage

Captain's statement of what happened the night of the shipwreck of the ship Clarissa B. Carver, when it was hit by a steamer near Kobe, Japan on June 7, 1885. This is part of the final settlement of payments for the ship and its cargo, called the General Average

Clarissa B. Carver Sale of Cargo

Letter announcing sale of cargo of the ship Clarissa B. Carver and that consignee is entitled to share of money made at the auction of the cargo. Clarissa B. Carver was sunk by a steamer near Kobe, Japan on June 7, 1885.

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 Far East, 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.

Crew of Sampan in Hong Kong

Photograph of sampan "crew" that served the ship State of Maine when it was in Hong Kong, taken by Joanna Colcord in 1900.

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.

Manifest of Coolies

Manifest listing the names, ages, and occupations of 500 Chinese coolies shipped from Macao to Havana, Cuba aboard the ship Forest Eagle of Rockland.

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