National Geographic : 1946 Jun
Pirate-Fighters of the South China Sea 789 Beating to Windward, a Tall Junk Braves Pirate-infested Waters of South China Keeping a sharp lookout, the crew stands ready to defend the high-pooped merchant vessel against marauders. From bases such as Bias Bay, some 40 miles northeast of British-owned Hong Kong, ruthless Chinese sea rovers have long preyed on cargo and fishing junks. Even steamers have been captured on occa sion. So extensive was the prewar pirate "industry" that foreigners humorously termed it "Bias Bay, Ltd." Japanese guns and armor, acquired during the war, have made the pirates more deadly than ever. This ship carries only a small defensive armament; others bristle with cannon like frigates of Nelson's day.