The Hong Kong Rope Manufacturing Company – further information

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The HK Memory Project has this information in their article about European-based Industries in HK: In 1883, Hong Kong Rope Manufacturing Company was founded by Messrs. Shewan, Tomes & Co. The factory was established in Kennedy Town taking up a land area of 13,000 square feet. The raw material was hemp produced in Luzon, which provided fibrous, high-tensile raw material perfect for making ropes used in sea-faring. The rope company employed advanced machinery to create ropes of different types and uses. Pre-war products ranged from half-inch thick hemp string to ropes of 12-inch in circumference, capable of sustaining forces from 300 pounds to 50 tonnes. After the World War II, ropes produced ranged from 1/4 inch to 16 inch in circumference, and could be used for trawler nets, flag ropes and hanging ropes for lifeboats, ropes and hanging ropes for raising sails, and ropes for drillers. (1)

Sources:
  1. HK Memory Project: European-managed Industries – including The HK Rope Manufacturing Co

Related Indhhk articles:

  1. Hongkong Rope Manufacturing Co., Ltd
  2. Hongkong Rope Manufacturing Co., Ltd – images from c1908
  3. Robert Gordon Shewan – CLP, Green Island Cement and HK Rope Manufacturing

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