The Danish schooner 'Mathilde' sailed around Hong Kong in the 1840s and 50s. There is a record of her arrival in San Francisco in 1847, probably with immigrants from Guangdong Province on board.
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Title: The Matilde and the Pathfinder moored in Hong Kong Harbour
Date Created: 1855
Location Created: China
Physical Dimensions: 36.4 x 50 cm
Original Language: English / Danish
Provenance: Gift of Anthony J. Hardy
A label on the reverse gives the names of G.F.Th. Raben, Apenrade [modern Aabenraa], with the date 1855, and C. Guldager. Another label has a Danish inscription (partly legible) translated as follows:
'On August 8th 1855 information was received from Canton that the Aabenraa schooner Matilde has been lost… outside the Yangtze River after losing a mast in a ferocious storm…
Shanghai 1/8 1855 - the Danish schooner ran ashore on the northern embankment on the way from Ningbo to Hong Kong during a storm…'
Publisher: Painting of the China Trade: The Sze Yuan Tang Collection of Historic Paintings (2013), cat. 90