Macao July 6, 1815.-Yesterday the American schooner Trader, arrived in 108 days from Philadelphia, bringing ac counts of the conclusion of peace with America. In consequence, the American ships Beaver, Levant, Brutus, and Lellia Bird, which have remained here two years, dismantled, are preparing for sea with cargoes for America. The only American prize made by his Majesty’s ships in this quarter, is the schooner Viagente, of 170 tons. She was fitted out by some Dutch agents at Batavia, under English colours, for a voyage to the N.W. coast of America. The Elk, Captain Curran, fell in with her, bringing a cargo of furs from Kamschatka, ten days be fore the period prescribed for making captures had expired. We have accounts from Manilla, of about 20 days date, when there was nothing new there.— They were greatly in want of specie, and had been so for a considerable time.— There was much anxiety expressed for the arrival of their galleon from South America.
The ships lying at Whampoa (to the Canton river), besides the Americans named above, are the Drotrigen, a Swede, loading for Europe; the Hope and Success, English country ships, load ing for India; and the Trader, just ar rived. At Macao are his Majesty’s ships Revolutionnaire, Captain Wool combe; Alpheus, Captain Langford; and the Elk, Captain Reynolds. Capt. Curran, late of the Elk, is posted into the Volage, which ship is named to aeturn to Eng land; Captain Reynolds was promoted from the Doris. The Cuffnels and Royal George are hourly looked for from Pulo Penang ; they were both there, all well, 20 days since. –
Extraído de “The Asiatic Journal and Monthly Refister for Brtish India and its Dependencies, Vol I – January to June 1816, p. 184
Em 1815, o Senado de Macau renovou a antiga restrição, impedindo os navios não portugueses de descarregar ópio em Macau Os ingleses vindos de Bengala com ópio procuraram então chegar a Whampoa e Cantão com navios seus, mas eram muitas vezes apanhados e só com fortes saguates conseguiam passar a carga. Esta situação foi a maior causa do seu desvio para Lintin, ilha na boca do rio, muito mais segura onde armavam depósitos flutuantes para armazenarem o ópio vindo da Índia e em trânsito para a China (SILVA, Beatriz Basto da – Cronologia da História de Macau, Volume3,1995)