"A Classification of the Principal Sea-going Junks of China (south of the Yangtze Kiang)" by G.R.G. Worcester, 1948.

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  • 13 Sep 2015 01:10
    Reply # 3522654 on 1446522
    Chris, you've done a wonderful job.  I find the variety of rig and hull shapes to be quite astonishing.  I'm planning to print it out later: it's just too marvellous to keep solely on a computer screen.
  • 13 Sep 2015 01:12
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    Iain Grigor wrote:

    The Junks and Sampans of the Yangstze: a study in Chinese nautical Research.

    Plates, plans and a map.

    Shanghai and London, 1947-1948.

    G.R.G [George Raleigh Gray] Worcester.

    According to its online catalogue, a copy of this title is held in the National Library of Scotland, Edinburgh. 

    Hi Iain: in case you are unaware of it, a digital version is available here.
  • 12 May 2020 12:25
    Reply # 8963015 on 1446522

    Hi I thought I had a copy of the G.R.G. Worcester book you are looking for but I don't instead I have an interesting book by Ivon A Donnelly first published in 1924 & titled "CHINESE JUNKS AND OTHER NATIVE CRAFT". The book covers from the Yellow River Junk in the north to theban Ch'uan Junk from the Kan Kiang River in the south and a lot in between Pechili Trader,The Ningpo Trader to the HongKong Traders & Donnelly does spell it that way always.  It was republished in 1988 in Singapore by Graham BrashPTE LTD 36-C Princep St. Singapore 0718.  The book has both good pen & ink drawings and excellent Gouache I think paintings with an extensive outline of each typesets characteristics, home ports history etc.Apparently Donnelly lived in China for a considerable period & made an extensive study of the many variants as possible. He is enthusiastic about junks & seems to have considerable knowledge of them. I'll try & send you some images if you like in the next couple of days.  I lived in Singapore for three years & they do have a quite extensive maritime museum so they might be good to get in touch with. Hopes this helps. Mark

  • 12 May 2020 13:12
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    Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Hello Mark.

    I, for one, would love to see some prints put up on the forum, if you can digitise some good ones. I believe the JRA library has the Donnelly book, but I have never seen it.

    You might like to have a quick read through this fairly recent thread, a mystery painting which turned out to have a connection with Donnelly.


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  • 12 May 2020 23:42
    Reply # 8964614 on 1446522

    We have all Worcester's books, as well as Ivan Donnelly's in our virtual library, as I have mentioned several times before.  Go to Member's Area/Books & Magazine/JRA Library to download them. "A Classification ..." is very rare.  You would have to be both wealthy and lucky to get your own copy.

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