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Cargo vessel; Junk; Antung Trader

Ship models

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Collection Ship models, Cargo vessels
ExhibitionsTraders: The East India Company and Asia
User collections Tea: breaking into the tea trade by NMMExhibitions
Gallery locationTraders Gallery (Floor plans)
Publication(s)Treasures of the National Maritime Museum
Gloria Clifton and Nigel Rigby
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Object details:

Object ID AAE0201
Description Scale: circa 1:20. Full-hull and fully rigged model of a type of Northern Chinese junk known as an Antung Trader. The hull is long and low with a flat bottom, curving up towards the bow and stern with near vertical sides and is finished in an olive brown colour with a creamy white filler between the planking. Running centrally above the deck is a raised hatch combing with removable wooden hatch boards which starts at the after cabin and finishes in the bow by the foremast and anchor windlass. It has four masts rigged with a two-part foresail, a three-part mainsail with an additional topsail, and two light mizzen sails, all of which are supported by horizontal bamboo battens. The rudder is rectangular. Other equipment includes spare sails, companion ways, anchors with rope cables, a wooden anchor davit and a small sampan towed astern. The number "953" is painted on a white rectangular box together with Chinese characters on either side at the bow and stern. The model has been built from drawings and measurements made by the donor, Lt (later Lt-Cdr) David Watkin Waters RN, in Wei Hai Wei, China, in 1938. There are three, possibly, four negatives of this model in the Waters Collection of negatives (PR1961/12). Negatives numbers P34514, P34515 and P34518 show the model as completed at Liu Kung Tao and negative number P34512 shows the almost complete hull of an Antung trader type before any of the deck fittings or rigging is added. Three different types of Antung trader models were made, with the hull numbers 634, 953 and 1938.
Date made 1938

Artist/Maker Ya, Tung
Place made Wei Hai Wei, China, Asia
Credit National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London. We regret that Museum enquiries have not been able to identify the copyright holder and would welcome any information that would help us update our records. Please contact the Picture Library.
Materials fabric; wood
Measurements Overall: 860 x 1100 x 260 mm
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