Historic Clyde Keller Photo, LANDED CHINESE SAILORS, Pier 86, Seattle, Fine Art Print, Black and White, Signed, 1979 image


"Landed Chinese Sailors"
Pier 86, Seattle, Washington
April 18, 1979

16x20 Inch Archival Giclee Print, true archival print, 150+ years
Satin Paper, Pigmented Inks
Image Dimensions @ 12x18 Inches with white border
Signed/Titled and Dated by Clyde Keller
Presented in Archival Sleeve, Unframed
Shipped Flat, Insured with Tracking
PRICE: $280.00


11x14 or 12x18 inch Fuji Crystal Archive photographic print(s)
Lustre Paper, fade resistant for over 20 years
Image dimensions @9x13.5 or 11x16.5 inches with white border
Signed/Titled and dated by Clyde Keller
Presented in archival sleeve, Unframed
Shipped Flat, Insured with Tracking
PRICE: $155.00 and $195.00

NOTE: The printed copyright information appearing on the web display print, is removed for your purchase print.

"The Pacific, instead of being a barrier, should henceforth serve as a link." Deng Xiaoping, then-Vice Premier of China

This historic captures highlights the official resuming of trade relations between China and the United States, April 18, 1979. Shown are the first Chinese sailors, fresh off their cargo vessel, the Liu Lin Hai, landing on the docks (Pier 86) of the Port of Seattle. The Liu Lin Hai docked at Port of Seattle's Pier 86. The event was historically important with many dignitaries attending, including Senator Brock Adams. The 637 foot Liu Lin Hai entered Washington’s Puget Sound on April 18, 1979 and tied up at Seattle’s Pier 86 grain terminal. It was the first time in nearly 30 years that a Chinese commercial vessel had entered a U.S. Port.

I could not have panned this celebratory photograph of the three Chinese Sailors setting foot on American Soil... it was more of a spontaneous encounter and welcoming after a lapse of 30 years of strained relations between the United States and China. The atmosphere was festive with many important dignitaries attending from the two countries including the Vice Premier of China, Deng Xiaoping, and the Secretary of Transportation to the United States, Brock Adams. The event was the result of efforts made by W. James Amoss Jr. of Lykes Bros. Steamship Co and Stan Barer, a lawyer to permit the calling of cargo ships between the two countries. The Liu Lin Hai, a COSCO cargo ship, calling upon the Seattle Port under the Chinese Flag, opened a new page of Sino-U.S. history. It was an historical turning point 25 years ago that marked the beginning of a new era of trade.

Originally published in 1979 by the Port of Seattle and the U.S. Feed and Grain Council. Recently used in 2010 for a promotion by the Washington State Department of Commerce for use in China.

This archival B&W giclee print offers an exquisite range of tonality and brilliancy faithfully capturing this historical subject. Suitable for immediate safe viewing (the print is clear sleeved on foam core board) and ready for framing.

"Landed Chinese Sailors" Copyright © 1979 Clyde Keller


Hi, I'm a photographer and artist selling my fine art prints at clydekellerphoto.etsy.com.

My work is sold as Fine Art Giclee (inkjet) prints or fade resistant Fuji Crystal Archive (photographic) prints.

Clyde is known internationally for his historic photographs of Robert F. Kennedy. His RFK images are featured in Rory Kennedy's documentary film, "ETHEL" which debuted at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival. The RFK Center for Justice and Human Rights has recently acquired key images from Clyde's RFK portfolios for their collection. Historic photos of author Ken Kesey, William Burroughs and actor Bill Murray are featured in Mark Christensen's book Acid Christ. Clyde's portrait of actor/director Warren Beatty is the cover photo for Peter Biskind's, Star. Several vintage documentary images appear in a new NFL films project, entitled, "Fearsome Foursome" as well as Dan Forrer's upcoming HBO documentary film centering on the birth of Hip Hop music. The Seattle Museum of History and Science now features his vintage Seattle skyline panoramas. His regional portraits of surviving pioneer families (and characters) appear in several new books, periodicals and webzines, including Ken Bilderback's, Creek with No Name, a new soft cover about the history of Cherry Grove, Oregon.

Clyde is the grandson of Clyde Leon Keller, (1872-1962) an important Oregon-based Plein-Air Impressionist Painter. His portfolios can be viewed at www.clydekeller.com.

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