“Ningbo North Shipbuilder participated in the first grain-sea transportation in the Qing Dynasty, and also purchased Western ships for the first time to help the court to annihilate pirates. It has taken a historic step to promote the modernization of Ningbo Port.” Yesterday, in the “Exploration Hall and At the seminar on the protection and development of the 2013 China Guild, the theme of the integration and development of regional culture, the experts at the conference listed a number of firsts that the Qing'an Club had created. Pan Junxiang, a researcher at the Shanghai Museum of History, pointed out that Qing Daoguang had been relying on the canal for grain transportation before 1825. However, due to serious river traffic congestion, the court began to implement sea transportation, attracting investment from the whole country and giving preferential measures. "This is the first time in the 200 years since the founding of the Qing Dynasty." It was unprecedented for the court to lead the grain and sea transportation, and the practice of hiring merchant ships to carry the grain and sea transportation. In 1826, 163 vessels of the Ningbo North merchant ship participated in the sea transportation of the grain, except for one stranded, the rest arrived safely. For this reason, the court also specially addressed the Ningbo officials and Shipowners will be rewarded." In 1850, more than 20 years later, Ningbo North Shipyard funded the establishment of the Qing'an Hall, which was responsible for handling daily affairs, resolving industry disputes, and seeking business development. In addition, the first motor boat in the history of China, Baoshun Wheel, was also purchased by the North Shipyard and the court of the Qing'an Club. In the second year after it was put into operation, Baoshun wheel destroyed 68 pirate ships and killed more than 2,000 pirates in less than four months. In the Sino-French War that broke out in 1884, Baoshun was filled with stones in the battle of Zhenhai as a shipwreck. Wang Rigen, a professor at the School of History and Culture of Xiamen University, said: "From the time of purchase in 1854, Baoshun was active for at least 30 years. It played an important role in the safety of the East China Sea route at that time. This kind of government and people combined with each other to control the marine environment. It has reference significance. The transition from sailing era to motor boat era has also taken a historic step to promote the modernization of Ningbo Port."