BAAG records of shipping in HK during 1944-45 – the Yushuto (Yushushima) Maru

BAAG KWIZ #70.6 Yushuto Maru snipped extract

Elizabeth Ride has sent British Army Aid Group (BAAG) records of shipping movements in Hong Kong in 1944-45 during the Japanese occupation in World War Two. These provide information not only about the ships themselves but what cargo was being brought into and out of Hong Kong during the latter stages of WW2, passengers carried, and of godowns, docks etc […]

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Chi Chung Yin ( 尹致中) – King of Needles

Chi Chung Yin, image as a young industrialist in Tsingtao York Lo

York Lo: Chi-Chung Yin (C. C. Yin, 尹致中, 1902-1988) – King of Needles Born into a poor family in the farming village of Laiyang (萊陽) in Shandong Province in 1902, CC Yin started working at the age of 13 in nearby Japanese occupied Tsingtao (which was occupied by the Japanese between 1914 and 1922) as an office boy at a Japanese […]

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The Sternwheeler Nanning 1 – built by Geo. Fenwick, Hong Kong 1900

Nanning One SS - line drawing image snipped extract Wiki Swire

Stephen Davies has introduced us to several ships built in Hong Kong, which were employed on HK-China, Macau-China or internal China routes, through the articles linked below. Here is further information about one such vessel, the Nanning 1, extracted from a website suggested by Stephen: Built for the Hong Kong, Canton & Macao Steamship Co. Delivered in 1900. Shipyard G. […]

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Taikoo Dockyard Managers – John Finnie, 1937 – ?

Taikoo Docks Managers h snipped

IDJ has sent a series of articles about managers at Taikoo Dockyard: “John Finnie, the present Manager, was born at Greenock in 1897 and served his apprenticeship with Scotts’ Shipbuilding & Engineering Co., Ltd. He came to Taikoo Dockyard as Ship Draughtsman in 1924, became Assistant Manager in 1930, and was appointed Manager in 1937 on K.E. Greig’s retirement. The […]

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Proposed iron bridge connecting HK Island – Kowloon pre-1921

Hong Kong island- Kowloon bridge-diagram-from_China_Mail supplement_March_1921

IDJ has sent a March 1921 China Mail special supplement showing a proposed bridge linking HK Island to Tsim Sha Tsui in Kowloon. Tymon Mellor: This was not the first time such a bridge had been discussed. “The Harbour Master in 1901 proposed the construction of a cross-harbour bridge between Pottinger Street on the Island and Robinson (Nathan) Road”. See article […]

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Ling Nam Hardware Manufacturing Company – torches / flashlights – initial notes

New factory June 1948

HF: There is a record of Ling Nam Hardware being established in 1929. However, it appears to have been been incorporated on 13th October 1939 and dissolved on 5th September 2003. York Lo: The founder of Ling Nam was Chan Ting-yu (陳定宇). He was Cantonese and also founded another flashlight company in Shanghai and according to a 1935 document about Chinese […]

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BAAG records of shipping in HK during 1944-45 – the Katoto (Katoshima) Maru

BAAG KWIZ #70.6 Katoto Maru snipped extract

Elizabeth Ride has sent British Army Aid Group (BAAG) records of shipping movements in Hong Kong in 1944-45 during the Japanese occupation in World War Two. These provide information not only about the ships themselves but what cargo was being brought into and out of Hong Kong during the latter stages of WW2, passengers carried, and of godowns, docks etc […]

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Chieng Han-chow – Father of the Hong Kong Plastic Industry

Chieng Han Chow image from York Lo

York Lo: For decades after the War, the plastic industry and two closely related industries – toy and artificial flower manufacturing had played an important role in the industrial growth of Hong Kong and thanks to the efforts of pioneering entrepreneurs and the hard work of an industrious labor force, Hong Kong had emerged from nothing to become a top player […]

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