Coolie master's logbook documents the conditions and life of the 500 Chinese coolies shipped from Macao to Havana, Cuba aboard the ship Forest Eagle of Rockland. This entry notes that one coolie received a dozen lashes on the hand for whipping a small boy. Also, some coolies are put in irons for being part of a scheme to poison the Europeans aboard ship. Read the full logbook text under Special Features on this website.
Chinese tea box, decorated with two horses on front. Bottom reads "Per Mails Steamer, Choicest Specialty Selected First Crop Lap Sang Souchong." By the time this tea was exported, the fastest way to get tea from China was by fast steamship, the same steamship that carried the mail. The days of racing to England with the fresh tea crop under sail were gone.