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Its subject is the fluvial navigation in Manchuria from the year 1898, date when the construction of the Chinese Eastern railway was started and Harbin began to rise as the capital of the Sungari. The book is based on Russian archival sources, Russian-language press of Harbin and other cities of the Amur river basin, covering the period until 1950s.
Among the topics dealt with are the following:
The work of the Chinese Eastern’s Navigation Department; the river shipping in Manchuria during the Boxer Rebelion and the Russian-Japanese war; the anti pirate actions by the Gunboat Squad of the Trans-Amur District of the Russian Corps of Border Guards; the fates and renamings of the Chinese Eastern’s river steamboats, some of them turned gunboats, are documented over a period of half a century.
The post-1917 transfer of Amur fleet to China; the steamboats that changed citizenship are specified and their fates in Manchuria followed up in a review of the Harbin steamboat companies that originated from the former Russian fleet. The Sungari operations of the Chinese Navy’s North Eastern Squad are dealt with, the river pirate activities featuring prominently throughout the book.
The 1929 Amur events during the Sino-Soviet conflict with the capture of Chinese commercial steamboats by the Soviets as an early response to the Chinese seizure of the Chinese Eastern; the fates of the captured vessels are followed up.
The birth of the Chinese steam navigation in the basin, the riverboat construction in Manchuria during the 1920-1930, with the involvement of foreign shipbuilders. The role of Russian river sailors on the Sungari fleet.
The fluvial navigation in Manchukuo; the 1945-46 Manchurian events’ influence on the Sungari river fleet, the steamboats taken to the USSR as war prize are listed, their Soviet fates followed up.
More details at http://sarhang.ucoz.net/