Nobody knows; but there were a great many; the junks were full of them.
Some he had seen taken prisoners, and dragged off on board the junks.
They dropped sullenly into the junks and drew away from the ship until they were out of range of bullets.
On they dashed, the men loading and firing as they could, till they reached the junks.
The only resource was to try to float her off, by fairly lifting her up, with the help of large casks and junks.
As some time was expended in this engagement, the remainder of the junks escaped.
Here are models of the junks, proas and fishing-craft, each structure pegged together and destitute of nails.
These junks, fully equipped for war, were a great acquisition to them.
The cabins were first dismantled; and I beheld my own luggage transported on board the junks.
We must hang on to the track of the junks till we see where they go.
"worthless stuff," mid-14c., junke "old cable or rope" (nautical), of uncertain origin, perhaps from Old French junc "rush, reed," also used figuratively as a type of something of little value, from Latin iuncus "rush, reed" (but OED finds "no evidence of connexion"). Nautical use extended to "old refuse from boats and ships" (1842), then to "old or discarded articles of any kind" (1884). Junk food is from 1971; junk art is from 1966; junk mail first attested 1954.
"Chinese sailing ship," 1610s, from Portuguese junco, from Malay jong "ship, large boat" (13c.), probably from Javanese djong.
1803, "to cut off in lumps," from junk (n.1). The meaning "to throw away as trash, to scrap" is from 1908. Related: Junked; junking.
New settlers (who should always be here as early in the spring as possible) begin to cut down the wood where they intend to erect their first house. As the trees are cut the branches are to be lopped off, and the trunks cut into lengths of 12 or 14 feet. This operation they call junking them; if they are not junked before fire is applied, they are much worse to junk afterwards. [letter dated Charlotte Town, Nov. 29, 1820, in "A Series of Letters Descriptive of Prince Edward Island," 1822]
[fr a British nautical term for old or weak rope or cable, found by 1485]