Sailing the British Empire : The Voyages of The Clarence, 1858-73Main MenuSailing the British Empire: The Voyages of the Clarence, 1858-73IntroductionThe Crew / AcknowledgmentsThe Provenance of Watson's LogAdditional Sources: Logs, Crew Lists, DiariesInside Lloyd's Register"Green's Celebrated Service"Details on owner of the ship at the time of our voyage, Richard Green.The Master Builder: William PileThe Master: Joseph Watson's BiographyA Mate's ProgressThe Career of Henry Berridge, First Mate of the ClarenceThe Crew of the Clarence in 1864An annotated crew listThe 18th HussarsThe Clarence and the Cyclone of 1864Origins of Indian Emigrants Aboard The ClarenceThe Surgeon-SuperintendantWages of indentured labourers in Demerara (1870-1900)The Clarence Sails to AustraliaMutiny! Violence and Resistance Aboard "Coolie Ships"Cholera: The Killer from CalcuttaSTSC 077, Fall 2015 First Year Seminar, University of Pennsylvaniab33a025deaa7595ed0079bfc9b77ea3cb14b8d08STSC 077, The University of Pennsylvania, fall 2015
Don Juan Headline
12015-12-14T17:32:00-08:00STSC 077, Fall 2015 First Year Seminar, University of Pennsylvaniab33a025deaa7595ed0079bfc9b77ea3cb14b8d0862651Headline from The North-China Herald. ("Clippings." The North - China Herald and Supreme Court & Consular Gazette (1870-1941): 366. May 19 1871. ProQuest. Web. 30 Nov. 2015.)plain2015-12-14T17:32:00-08:00STSC 077, Fall 2015 First Year Seminar, University of Pennsylvaniab33a025deaa7595ed0079bfc9b77ea3cb14b8d08
On May 4, 1871, the Don Juan departed from Macau, destined for Callao, Peru. The Peruvian ship carried 650 Chinese coolies from their homes to their destination across the world, but the ship did not get very far. Only two days after departure, pirates, disguised as coolies, rallied their peers around the cause for freedom and justice.
On the Don Juan, coolies set bunk frames and any spare lumber on fire, attempting to distract the crew and with hopes of later extinguishing the fire. While the crew successfully foiled the attempted mutiny and locked all the coolies below the deck, they were unable to contain the spreading fire. Suffocating and burning to death, the trapped coolies and their screams could be heard by the escaping crew. Only fifty coolies managed to escape as the flames melted the hatches that prevented the coolies from fleeing. The crew then fired upon coolies that escaped into the water and even demanded money to allow the coolies safety in the smaller boats that would bring them to shore. A witness awaiting rescue reported he “saw blood ooze out from the sides of the vessel,” exemplifying the gruesome sight as the coolies burned and melted under the intense heat.
Sources cited: 1. Meagher, Arnold Joseph. The Introduction of Chinese Laborers to Latin America: The" Coolie Trade", 1847-1874. University of California, Davis., 1975. 196. 2. "The Later Slave Trade." New York Times (1857-1922): 4. Jul 02 1871. ProQuest. Web. 20 Nov. 2015.