Chui A-poo

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Chui A-poo[1] (Chinese: 徐亞保;[2] died 1851) was a 19th-century Qing Chinese pirate who commanded a fleet of more than 50 junks in the South China Sea.[3] He was one of the two most notorious South China Sea pirates of the era, along with Shap Ng-tsai.[4]

In September 1849, his fleet, which was based in Bias Bay east of Hong Kong, was destroyed by British and Chinese warships.[5] More than 400 pirates were killed and Chui was seriously wounded. Although he managed initially to escape, he was betrayed and handed over to the British. A bounty of $500[6] for the gruesome murder of two officers[7] His punishment was lifelong exile to Van Diemen's Land (now Tasmania), but he hanged himself in his cell before it could be carried out.[8]

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ Also spelt Chui-Apoo.
  2. ^ Piracy & the world of Zhang Baozai : first anniversary exhibition at the Hong Kong Maritime Museum, Hong Kong Maritime Museum , 2006. p.36 ISBN 988-98611-3-5
  3. ^ Grace Estelle Fox (1940) (in German), British Admirals and Chinese Pirates, 1832-1869, London: K. Paul, Trench, Trubner & Co. Ltd., pp. 107 
  4. ^ Martin Booth. Opium: A History. New York: Thomas Dunne, 1996. p. 143. ISBN 978-0-312-20667-3
  5. ^ Tim Travers (30 May 2012). Pirates: A History. History Press. pp. 53–. ISBN 978-0-7524-8827-1. 
  6. ^ (in German) The Chinese Repository: From January to December 1849, Adamant Media, 2005, pp. 667, ISBN 1-4021-5159-4 
  7. ^ Christopher Munn (2001) (in German), Anglo-China: Chinese People and British Rule in Hong Kong, London: Routledge, pp. 205, ISBN 0-7007-1298-4 
  8. ^ Solomon Bard (2002) (in German), Voices from the Past: Hong Kong 1842-1918, Hong Kong: Hong Kong University Press, pp. 28, ISBN 962-209-574-7 

Further reading[edit]

  • Beresford Scott (1851) (in German), An account of the destruction of the fleets of the celebrated pirate chieftains Chui-apoo and Shap-ng Tsai, on the coast of China, in September and October 1849, London 
  • [Google Books "Expedition against the Chinese Pirates"] (in German), The Dublin university magazine. A Literary and Political Journal (Dublin) (XXXV): pp. 521-531, January–June 1850, Google Books. Retrieved 18 May 2008