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In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, traditional Chinese junks worked the waters of Northern California's San Pablo Bay and San Francisco Bay, with more than two dozen Chinese shrimping villages dotting the shorelines. But the community at large didn't welcome their success, and a series of increasingly restrictive laws were enacted against Chinese shrimpers. The fatal blow came in 1911, when a law was passed that prohibited the use of traditional Chinese bag nets. Old World ways were abandoned in favor of newer methods, and all but one of these isolated communities, China Camp, disappeared completely.
So the construction and launching at China Camp a few years back of an authentic replica of an Asian workboat represented a major milestone in honoring the work ethic of the shrimpers,
The construction of Grace Quan, the traditional junk named for one of the settlers of a Chinese shrimping village on the Northern California shoreline, took place without plans. The maiden harbor voyage (left) is a testament to the workmanship on the hull (above). Frank Quan (below), Grace's son, was guest of honor at the launching ceremony.
whose presence and sacrifice contributed to the heritage of the area.
The camp, along with more than 1,500 acres of land, was acquired by the California park system in 1977. The park today is the setting for many activities, ranging from windsurfing to hillside trails for hiking. The anchorage off the village shoals as far as a quarter mile from shore but still allows space for dozens of boats. McNears Beach also offers good holding just half a mile southeast of China Camp.
The village itself boasts a small but informative museum that chronicles the lives and trials of its former residents. A few small structures, closed to tourists, are maintained as exhibits. One residence has a small fenced-off area that resembles a private cemetery, and on our way to the celebration, an elderly Chinese lady was kind enough to translate the small sign on it: "Quan Family Garden. Please do not come in." She smiled and explained that the Chinese were far too polite to say "Keep out!"
The brainchild of John Muir, curator of the San Francisco Maritime National Historic Park, the full-scale construction of a traditional 40-foot junk was no easy task. There were no plans, only photographs and a couple of burnt-out
sunken hulls to work from. Starting with a donated redwood log, Muir's team cut, bent, nailed, and filled using traditional methods and materials as much as possible. We spent several days watching the team mix their own putty, forge their own nails, and bend planks using fire.
During his speech at the launching, Muir introduced the day's guest of honor: Frank Quan. The direct descendant of the original settlers and the sole resident of China Camp, the 77-year-old Quan has lived and shrimped here his entire life. Muir said that when it came time to name the nearly completed junk, only one name was considered, a name that, roughly translated from the Chinese, means "return," "homeward," or "yearning." The name brought tears to Frank Quan's eyes when it was revealed: Grace Quan, the name of Frank's mother.
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A Mini Cruising Guide for St. Croix
When cruising St. Croix, the largest and southernmost of the U.S. Virgin Islands, you'll have several choices about where to linger. One is Christiansted, with its distinctly Danish influence. Restored West Indian townhouses, historic 18th- and 19th-century homes-turned-shops, and cozy eateries lining alleyways paved with ballast brick exude an age-old European feel throughout. Fort Chris-tiansvaern, the St. Croix Archaeology Museum, and the market, where you can buy fresh mangoes, papayas, and sour-sops in season, are all worth visiting.
There's a tricky reef to navigate when entering Christiansted harbor, with depths of less than 10 to 12 feet in some places. Time your arrival for daylight hours. You can anchor off Protestant Cay, but don't pick up any moorings; they're all private.
St. Croix Marina (340-773-6011), a mile east of Christiansted in Gallows Bay, offers long- and short-term dockage, fuel, ice, showers, a chandlery, and marine-repair services. Within walking distance you'll find several restaurants, banks, a post office, an Internet cafe, and a grocery store. Customs and immigration offices
Situated 35 miles south of the other U.S. Virgin Islands, St. Croix offers many destination activities and anchorages, including Christiansted harbor (below).
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