View of the Landing Place at Pulo Leat.
[London: Longman & Co., 1818 or 1819.]
Hand-coloured aquatint, image 105 x 165mm. 4½ x 6½". Trimmed to plate. Faint offsetting.
European sailors on the rocky island of Pulo Leat (Pulau Liat) in the Gaspar Strait that separates Belitung and Bangka islands in Indonesia. It connects the Java Sea to the South China Sea. The men, some in rowing boats, observe what appears to be a ship in flames, sending up a cloud of smoke on the horizon. From 'Narrative of a Journey in the Interior of China, and of a voyage to and from that country, in the years 1816 and 1817' by Clarke Abel (1780 - 1826). Abel was Naturalist to Lord Amherst's Embassy. The Alceste left Spithead on February 8, 1816 and first visited Madeira. From there she sailed to Table Bay, South Africa, then onwards to Java, from there to China, and then back to England via South Africa once more. On their return journey the ship was wrecked, but all passengers were rescued and they continued their voyage aboard the Termate.
Abbey Travel 537, 4. See BL: 981.f.17.
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