A Fuzhou (Foochow) pole junk, with a full cargo of poles lashed to the sides, Shanghai
University of Bristol - Historical Photographs of China reference number: Da01-21. This photograph by the Revd. Charles Ewart Darwent is from an album inscribed to Herbert Wilcockson, from C. E. Darwent. The Revd. C.E. Darwent, Minister of the Union Church, Shanghai, was also the author of a photographer-friendly guidebook entitled, ‘Shanghai: a handbook for travellers and residents to the chief objects of interest in and around the foreign settlement and native city’ (1904) - https://archive.org/details/cu31924023217825. On the high, brightly painted stern of this typical Foochow pole junk, is a Phoenix, an emblem of immortality (and so of safety for sailors). The poles are most likely for building purposes. See JM02-019.