LIU LIN HAI CELEBRATION
Clyde Keller 1979 Photo
SOLD-- to Garvey Schubert Barer, attorneys in Seattle, WA.
To be included in a new video celebrating the Liu Lin Hai's historic visit to Seattle, Washington. My documentary photograph snapped inside the cargo vessel of the Liu Lin Hai, captures the normalization of trade relations between China and the United States. Used in their video presentation on September 23, 2016
Shown in my photo are Chinese and American Dignitaries in the Captain's Dining Room on board the cargo vessel, Liu Lin Hai. The Lui Lin Hair 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 planned this celebratory photograph; the atmosphere was festive with many important dignitaries attending from the two countires 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 that marked the beginning of a new era of trade. Also pictured is Washington State Governor, Dixie Lee Ray.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."The Pacific, instead of being a barrier, should henceforth serve as a link." Deng Xiaoping, then-Vice Premier of China