Capture of Chusan (1841)

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Second Capture of Chusan
Part of the First Opium War
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Second taking of Chusan
Date 29 September – 1 October 1841
Location Zhoushan, Zhejiang, China
Coordinates: 30°0′24″N 122°6′24″E / 30.00667°N 122.10667°E / 30.00667; 122.10667
Result British victory
Belligerents

 United Kingdom

Qing China
Commanders and leaders
Hugh Gough
William Parker
Ge Yunfei (KIA)[1]
Strength
13 ships[2]
2,607 troops[3]
Unknown
Casualties and losses
2 killed[3]
27 wounded[3]
1,500 casualties[4]
136 guns captured[5]

The second capture of Chusan occurred on 1 October 1841 during the First Opium War when British forces captured the city of Tinghai, capital of the Chusan (Zhoushan) islands off the north east Chinese coast.

The fortified city of Tinghai, with a population of 30,000, was defended by the Chinese under the command of Keo. After a brief one-sided seaborne operation involving the 55th Foot, the city fell to the far superior British forces which captured 100 iron guns, 36 brass cannon, and 540 gingalls (heavy muskets or light guns mounted on swivels) for the loss of 2 British killed and 28 wounded.[6][7]

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Notes[edit]

  1. ^ MacPherson 1843, p. 216
  2. ^ MacPherson 1843, pp. 358–359
  3. ^ a b c MacPherson 1843, p. 374
  4. ^ MacPherson 1843, p. 217
  5. ^ MacPherson 1843, p. 375
  6. ^ China, in a Series of Views, Displaying the Scenery, Architecture ..., Volume 1. p. 92. 
  7. ^ The British Empire, Army Campaigns, Tinghai, September 1841 http://www.britishempire.co.uk/forces/armycampaigns/asia/china/opiumwar.htm

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Further reading[edit]

  • Murray, Alexander (1843). Doings in China. London: Richard Bentley. pp. 23–42.