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The opium ships at Lintin, China, 1824
12019-11-18T17:22:59-05:00Kate McDonald306bb1134bc892ab2ada669bed7aecb100ef7d5f355William John Huggins, "The opium ships at Lintin, China," Oil on Canvas, 1824.plain2020-09-13T17:50:04-04:0022.40548, 113.81159Lintin, Opium shipsWikimedia Commons, https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:William_John_Huggins_-_The_opium_ships_at_Lintin,_China,_1824.jpg.1824Sotheby'sPublic domain.Peter D. ThillyPDT-0009Kandra Polatis4decfc04157f6073c75cc53dcab9d25e87c02133
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12019-11-18T17:22:59-05:00Lintin25A description of Lintin, the primary opium depot in the Pearl River Delta.plain2021-10-01T17:43:50-04:0022.4167, 113.8000Lintin1820-1839Peter D. ThillyJardine, William
I have again the pleasure to announce the return of the Fairy with about $60,000, Rees having sold all his Bengal drug but only I believe about thirty chests of the Malwa.
Captain Mackay aboard The Fairy at Lintin to William Jardine in Canton, March 7th, 1835.*
The model for offshore opium trading in places like Shenhu Bay was forged in the waters off the island of Lintin in the Pearl River Delta during the 1820s. Once Jardine-Matheson and its rival companies began sending ships north to Fujian, Lintin became the key site for fast ships like The Fairy to pick up opium for delivery to Rees and the other captains stationed in Fujian, as well as the site for depositing the profits gained at the northern opium stations. Above is excerpted a short portion of a letter from Captain Mackay of The Fairy, stating his return from the Fujian opium stations with $60,000 earned by Captain John Rees in Shenhu Bay and Quanzhou Bay.
*JM:B2 17 [R. 31, No. 19] MacKay to Jardine on Treasure Shipments, 3.17.1835