Shanghai: Ca. 1898. A large albumen view of the Shanghai harbor, with an American Civil War gunboat, and a British steamer, as well as numerous smaller Chinese boats.
USS Monocacy, a side wheel gunboat of the US Navy, was built in Maryland during the Civil War, commissioned in early 1866 and sent out to the Far East, serving for four decades, becoming the longest lived of the "double-enders" built by the U. S. Navy. In the late 1860s, Monocacy worked surveying Japanese waters and protecting American commerce. In 1871, the gunboat participated in an expedition to Korea's Han River; for most of the next three decades she was in China, patrolling rivers and coastal areas.
During the Boxer Uprising of 1900, Monocacy took part in the allies' combat operations against the Chinese; in June of that year she captured seven small craft off Tongku, China. Following the capture of Peking by the China Relief Expedition, Monocacy was docked at Taku Bar, China. She remained there during the razing of the Taku forts. In 1903 Monocacy was sold to Hashimoto and Son, Nagasaki, Japan.
The vessel seen at the right is the British vessel the 'Parramatta', built by the Peninsular and Oriental Steam Navigation Company in 1882. She was designed for voyages between the United Kingdom, Australia and the Far East, and was equipped so that she could take up armed cruiser duty. In 1852 Parramatta made a bimonthly service from Singapore to Australia, and in 1853 a Southampton to Australia via Capetown service began. 12 1/4 x 10". Laid on board with manuscript titles below. Light sunning at lower right corner. Very good condition. Item #21971