The Industrial History of Hong Kong Group

Nov 262015
Japanese suicide boats - end of occupation, WW2, possibly related BAAG reports

Elizabeth Ride: KWIZ [Kweilin Weekly Intelligence Summary] has the following reports of the building of wooden boats, and I wonder if some of these could refer to the suicide boats mentioned in the article linked below: KWIZ #66, 15.9.44 : Aberdeen Dock coolies “are being used to fell trees on the Peak for converting into charcoal, as well as for shipbuilding”   (Source agent “Halo”, BAAG) KWIZ #72, 27.10.44:  “Taikoktsui shipyards.  About 20 “square-headed wooden vessels” [Read More…]

Nov 252015
Ulderup and Schlüter Shipyard, Sham Shui Po c1900-1914

Stephen Davies: My favourite early, short-lived, Hong Kong shipyard is the German Ulderup and Schlüter, which only seems to have operated from c.1900-1914. It had the actual shipyard in Shamshuipo and an office at 21 Connaught Rd, Central.  They became the local agents for the Swedish Bolinder marine diesels (Bolinder Rohölmotoren – strictly semi-diesels) – two strokes that for the first two decades of the 20th century were probably the world’s most common small marine diesels [Read More…]

Nov 242015
China Daily article - ship breaking in Hong Kong, 1959 largest of any port worldwide

HF: The China Daily, HK Edition, of 3rd November 2015 contained the sixth of a planned series of articles about what is seen as an “explosion of interest of material related to the city’s industrial past”. The article by Chitralekha Basu includes…There was a time when end-of-life ships from the world over would wash up on the shores of Hong Kong. On the Industrial History of Hong Kong website, Hugh Farmer refers to the March 1961 [Read More…]

Nov 232015
National Lacquer and Paints Products / Camelpaint timeline - HK factories

HF: The company’s timeline is linked below. Key dates regarding factories. All photos are courtesy of Camelpaint. See: NLPP /Camelpaint Timeline – company website This article was first posted on 30th July 2015. Related Indhhk articles: The National Lacquer and Paint Products Co Ltd Hong Kong Paint manufacturing companies – from early 1930s

Nov 232015
The National Lacquer and Paint Products Co Ltd

HF: “Camel” Paints and Lacquers are manufactured by The National Lacquer & Paint Products Co. Ltd, founded by two Chinese returning from the US Zhen Bing Jun and Huang Wei Xian in 1932. The company used “Camel Paint” as its trademark and in the beginning manufactured only enamel paint, lacquer, paste paint and spray paint. Later in 1937, The National Lacquer & Paint Products Co. Ltd purchased the land-plot near King’s Road at North Point from the government [Read More…]