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Nagasaki University Library [Mansvelt Collection]

Japanese Version
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British warship H.M.S. Comus

Catalog No. : 7136
Photographer : Ueno Hikoma ?
Album : Potter Album
Area : Nagasaki
Date : 1880
Age division: Early Meiji period (1868-1882)
Color : monochrome
Size : 222x281
Cabinet : 135-16-0

Enlarged view of the photo

This is the British warship HMS Comus entering the port of Nagasaki around October 1880. The HMS Comus was one in a series of powerful warships that had successively sailed under the same name since 1695. This particular one is an iron, armed steamship with sailing capability, carrying 18 tons of 10-inch cannons; a warship designed for coastal battles. The ship’s shallow bottom helped it stay upright during bombardments. The photo is taken from around present day Senshoukaku in Iwasedo-machi, the tip of Minagezaki. Part of Dejima and the settlement in Higashiyamate are visible across the harbor. The small hill on the left is Atago-yama. Koshiki Rock is visible at center right.

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