BAAG Naval Section Intelligence Summary, August 1942, ship repair and maintenance

BAAG WIS #3 16.8.42 snipped extract

Elizabeth Ride has sent the Naval section of a British Army Aid Group (BAAG) Waichow Intelligence Summary (WIS No. 3) dated 15th August 1943. This covers shipping movements in and out of Hong Kong during the Japanese occupation in World War Two during July/August 1943. These reports also describes time spent by vessels undergoing repairs and maintenance in a number of […]

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The locations of Lime Kilns in Hong Kong – a list

Sheung Yiu lime kiln image, Sai Kung, wikimedia

HF: Here is a list of all the Lime Kilns (or Lime Kiln “Factories) in Hong Kong I have come across. I have linked Indhhk articles about specific locations. 1. Chek Lap Kok Island, Fu Tei Wan Lime Kiln, moved to Tung Chung, Lantau Island. Fu Tei Wan Lime Kiln 2. Cheung Chau Island Tai Kwai Wan 3. Lamma Island Lo So […]

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Taikoo Dockyard – photos of the yard, departments, workshops and main office – c1954

Taikoo Docks Fifty Years of...1954 from IDJ e snipped extract

IDJ has sent these photos extracted from an in-house Taikoo Dockyard publication of 1954. This was the period midway between the dockyard’s expansion after the Second World War during which extensive destruction had been caused both by the Japanese during their occupation in 1942–45 and allied bombing prior to the liberation of Hong Kong. And the Swire Group’s decision in the […]

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Wang Tak Engineering & Shipbuilding Company, 1938 to present

Wang Tak Engineering & Shipbuilding Co Ltd - snipped image extract post-WW2 from S.Davies

Stephen Davies has sent this photo of various shipyards post-WW2 along the Cheung Sha Wan coastline. Details are unclear but he believes one of these is Wing On Shing Shipyard, article linked below. The only yard that can be readily identified is Wang Tak Engineering & Shipbuilding Company just left of centre. Adapted from the company website: “The story of our company began […]

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BAAG records of shipping in HK during 1944-45 – unknown name, 5 on funnel

BAAG KWIZ #70.6 Unknown name, 5 on funnel snipped extract

Elizabeth Ride has British Army Aid Group (BAAG) records of shipping movements for 1944-45 in Hong Kong 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 that were […]

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The Tai Tam Reservoirs – recent photographs

Tai Tam Group Of Reservoirs.  Twenty-One structures (Together With The Bowen Road Aqueduct) Make Up The 88th Declared Monument.  Valve House Of Tai Tam Byewash Reservoir (1904).

HF: The Tai Tam Reservoirs (大潭水塘), is a group of reservoirs located in Tai Tam Country Park in the south-eastern part of Hong Kong Island. The group consist of: Tai Tam Upper Reservoir (大潭上水塘) Tai Tam Byewash Reservoir (大潭副水塘) Tai Tam Intermediate Reservoir (大潭中水塘) Tai Tam Tuk Reservoir (大潭篤水塘) The upper and byewash reservoirs are jointly known as Tai Tam Reservoir (大潭水塘). The planning of […]

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Chinese lighthouse keepers’ wives – 1930s Japanese preference

Waglan Island lighthouse photo

IDJ: The script below comes from one of my aviation books related to the 1930s China Coast. It’s an interesting aside about the wives of lighthouse keepers:- “Chinese keepers of the lights had invariably been pirated so often for their large supplies of specially refined kerosene, the lighthouse service found it more economical to employ foreigners who did not suffer […]

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