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Bart Maverick and Captain Nares examine a brick of opium found hidden inside a bail of rice aboard the Flying Scud.[1]


01. The East India Company: Trade and Conquest from 1600 (February 1, 2001); Antony Wild; The Lyons Press

02. View of Hong Kong Harbor, 1860-1870; Marciano Antonia Baptista; Peabody Essex Museum

03. The Conjectural Maverick, Maverick Trails

04. Maverick, The Wrecker (1957), Warner Bros. Pictures, Inc.



Addictive drug derived from the juice of the opium poppy.[2]


Traditional recreational drug in China dating back to the 7th century. In 19th-century, opium dens were commonplace in San Francisco's Chinatown.


The Wrecker: In December of 1871,[3] Bret Maverick bought the wreck of the Flying Scud, beached at Midway Island, reported to be carrying a shipment of rice and fine silk from the Orient. But due to the extreme bidding war Bret encountered with Thomas Bellairs, he assumed there must be something of a much higher value aboard the shipwreck than its reported cargo. Bret suspicioned in may have been gold being smuggled out of China during it's civil war. But once Brother Bart sailed to Midway and boarded the Flying Scud, he learned that opium was being smuggled inside her shipment of rice.[4]









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