Tai Koo Dockyard – 1950s general engineering including Kai Tak hangars, tramcars and wireless masts…

IDJ has sent extracts from an in-house Taikoo Dockyard book of the 1950s which cover a wide range of company facilities, workshops etc.

The section of the book shown in this article covers General Engineering and reveals that the yard’s manufacturing skills extended beyond the obvious shipbuilding into a wide range of heavy engineering…and more surprising delights.

General Engineering
Many and varied types of work are undertaken which may be classified under this heading, and full scope is given to test the ingenuity of the staff in using the very extensive facilities of the dockyard to produce articles which in most parts of the world are considered the product of specialist firms only.

Borneo, Malaya, Indo-China, the Philippines and China have in the past been the source if orders for new plant and replacements for machinery used in the rubber industry, rice mills, paper mills, paint manufacturing, dye factories, electric power stations and water-works.

Complete sets of gearing for sugar mills; crankshafts up to eight inches in diameter and up to eight throws for diesel engines; conveyors; circulating water pipes; heat exchangers and fabricated steel parts of all descriptions are but a few of the many parts handled.

Pacific Air Maintenance and Supply Company – Kai Tak hangar [see article linked below]

Taikoo Docks Fifty Years of Shipbuilding 1954 General Engineering b Kai Tak hangar

Cast iron sluice valves for an electric generating station and a half casing for a sugar refining plant filter

Taikoo Docks Fifty Years of Shipbuilding 1954 General Engineering c Cast Iron Sluice Valves

Hong Kong Tramways Ltd – tramcar

Taikoo Docks Fifty Years of Shipbuilding 1954 General Engineering d HK Tramways tramcar

Fabricating tubes for water service

Taikoo Docks Fifty Years of Shipbuilding 1954 General Engineering e Fabricating water tubes

A Corliss engine for a sugar mill [see link below]

Taikoo Docks Fifty Years of Shipbuilding 1954 General Engineering f Corliss Engine for sugar millSugar Mill – cane crushing rollers

Taikoo Docks Fifty Years of Shipbuilding 1954 General Engineering g Sugar Mill cane crushing rollers

Sugar Refinery – coil vacuum pan

Taikoo Docks Fifty Years of Shipbuilding 1954 General Engineering h Sugar Refinery coil vacuum pan

Hong Kong & China Gas Company – Lancashire type boiler unit

Taikoo Docks Fifty Years of Shipbuilding 1954 General Engineering i HK & China Gas Company boiler

Cape D’Aguilar – wireless masts

Taikoo Docks Fifty Years of Shipbuilding 1954 General Engineering j Cape D'Aguilar wireless mast

North Point Wharves Ltd – steel work

Taikoo Docks Fifty Years of Shipbuilding 1954 General Engineering k North Point Wharves steel work

Source: Fifty Years of Shipbuilding and Repairing in the Far East: The Taikoo Dockyard & Engineering Company of Hong Kong Ltd, Technical Advertising Services, published by the Taikoo Dockyard & Engineering Company of Hong Kong Ltd 1954

See:

  1. Corliss steam engines – Wikipedia
  2. Lancashire boilers – Wikipedia

Related Indhhk articles:

  1. Taikoo Dockyard 1950s workshops, plant, utilities and facilities – Part One
  2. Taikoo Dockyard 1950s workshops, plant, utilities and facilities – Part Two
  3. Taikoo Dockyard 1950s workshops, plant, utilities and facilities – Part Three
  4. Taikoo Dockyard – photos of staff and workers’ facilities – c1954
  5. The Aircraft Maintenance Industry in Hong Kong – post WW2 – including the Pacific Air Maintenance and Supply Company

We have several articles about both the Hongkong and China Gas Company and Hong Kong Tramways

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