Local craft on the Soochow/Suzhou Creek at Shanghai

A view of the foreshore at Soochow Creek [also Suzhou or Wusong River], which was part of the post-1863 International Shanghai Settlement. In the foreground are planked jetties out to the row of six sampans moored side by side with their bows up to the jetty. Each has an awning to shade the deck. Another larger sampan, very low in the water, with two men at the stern and a cargo of either coal or building material is pulled up alongside a jetty to the right of the six sampans.

The quayside is lined with two-storey Chinese warehouses built in brick and wood with tiled roofs, and gable ends with tiled tops that sweep up at the corners in the traditional Chinese style. The scene shows barrows, rickshaws, stores and barrels, and tradesmen populate the tree lined quayside. A telegraph cable is suspended between tall poles along the road.

The photograph is slightly unsharp due to camera shake.

The original negative envelope was labelled: 'Off Native City, Shanghai. Oct 1900' and the reverse of the accompanying contact print is labelled: ''On the Soochow Creek at Shanghai, Oct 1900.'

Object Details

ID: N64416
Type: Glass plate negative
Display location: Not on display
Creator: Jones, Kenneth Hurlstone
Date made: October 1900
Credit: National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London
Measurements: Overall: 82 mm x 102 mm

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