Chaksam ferry on the Tsangpo

Chaksam ferry on the Tsangpo

2001.35.206.1 (Film negative)

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Key Information


Evan Yorke Nepean


Evan Yorke Nepean

Date of Photo

December 14th 1936?


Tsangpo Valley Region > Chaksam

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Image Dimensions

90 x 58 mm

The Chaksam winter ferry, being loaded with goods and horses belonging to Evan Nepean and Frederick Spencer Chapman, about to cross the Tsangpo River. The ferry is a rectangular wooden barge with a carved horse's head on its front. It is propelled by oarsmen using wooden paddles. This kind of flat-bottomed ferry could only be used during the winter when the water level was relatively low. Chapman escorted Nepean, who was returning to India, as far as Nakartse, and then remained near Yamdrok Tso to take photographs of the flora and fauna and await the arrival of Major Finch who was to visit Lhasa over the Christmas period 1936. This photograph was taken en route to Nakartse

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Photographic Process


Date Acquired

Loaned August 2002

Donated by

Judy Goldthorp


British Diplomatic Mission to Lhasa 1936-37

Photo also owned by

Lady Nepean

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Other Information - Related Images

Other Information - Related Images: Caption for this image in Nepean's album (see Same Image As) - ' Ferry across the Kyichu' [MS 01/08/2006]

Other Information - Related Images

Other Information - Related Images: See 1998.131.180 in the Frederick Spencer Chapman collection at the Pitt Rivers Museum [MS 01/08/2006]

For Citation use:
The Tibet Album. "Chaksam ferry on the Tsangpo " 05 Dec. 2006. The Pitt Rivers Museum. <>.

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