Fishing Fleet, Green Island, Hong Kong

Joanna Colcord Collection
Gift of Nina Colcord

This photograph was part of the series of glass plate negatives Colcord made on the 1899-1901 voyages to Hong Kong with her parents. In this image, Colcord captured a fishing fleet of sampans—a style of flat-bottomed wooden boat common in East Asia—sailing around Green Island in Hong Kong. The distinct sails would have been quite colorful. In addition to socializing with local merchants, other shipboard families, ventures into port, and keeping up with schoolwork, Colcord passed the time writing letters to her brother Linc, then a student at the University of Orono, taking photographs, and collecting material for the scrapbooks she made as a souvenir of her journey. The scrapbooks, also in the museum’s collection, feature photographs and other ephemera that she purchased or collected while traveling, as well as small cyanotypes printed from her own glass plate negatives.