BAAG Naval Section Intelligence Summary, late February to mid March 1943, ship repair, maintenance and movements

Manila Maru Courtesy Wwwcombinedfleet

Elizabeth Ride has sent the Naval section of a British Army Aid Group (BAAG) Waichow Intelligence Summary (WIS 27) dated 4th April 1943. This covers shipping movements in and out of Hong Kong during the Japanese occupation in World War Two during late February to mid-March 1943. There are a number of Naval Section Intelligence Summaries covering these months which tend […]

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Bullivant & Company – 140 year old working marine winch, Samsø Island, Denmark

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Jens Øster-Mortensen, a Danish journalist, recently left a comment attached to our article, Bullivant & Co, Millwall, London, supplier of Taikoo Sugar Refinery’s aerial ropeway cables. Jens said he had found an object, I presume a marine winch, next to Ballen harbour on the Danish island of Samso which had on it Bullivant No. 2 – Mark Lane 72, London. He thinks […]

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John Swire & Sons – family members involved 1832-1966

Swire’s story begins with a young man setting off to seek his fortune as a result of family bankruptcy. While this is not a classic rags-to-riches tale, resilience in the face of adversity was a characteristic that was to stand the firm he founded in good stead on more than one occasion over the following 200 years. The founder of […]

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Kwong Tat Loong Shipyard (Brothers) Ltd – Tsing Yi – a HK industry in decline

HF: Tam Kon Shan Road runs for a couple of kilometres along  the north coast of Tsing Yi island. The western kilometre is home to about twenty shipyards – the largest number of this industry, I believe, remaining in Hong Kong. Repairing and maintenance not shipbuilding. On 13th December 2014 I visited Kwong Tat Loong Shipyard (Brothers) Ltd. and took […]

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The Acquisition and Clearance of Hong Kong shipyards – north Tsing Yi Island

Tsing Yi Shipyards Clearance Report Image 8

HF: THe Audit Commission’s Report 41, published in October 2003 includes chapter 8 titled, The acquisition and clearance of shipyard sites. This appears to have been undertaken on behalf of the Lands Department and Civil Engineering Departments. The report is dated 18th October 2003. The report begins with a summary which states: The Government may acquire land for public purposes […]

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Bailey’s Shipyard – 1908 Account

IDJ: While many people in HK will recall Taikoo Dockyard and Hong Kong & Whampoa Dockyard or the Hong Kong United Dockyards as they were later known, few will be aware of Bailey’s Shipyard or the Cosmopoliton Dockyards which were quite substantial operations. The following account of W.S. Bailey & Co., often called Bailey’s Shipyard, is from Twentieth Century Impressions […]

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Jebshun Shipping (捷順船務)

Jebshun Shipping Detail Image 1 York Lo

York Lo: Jebshun Shipping (捷順船務) Left: Lam Choon-cheong (A Collection of epitaphs of Chinese elites in HK); Middle: advertising calendar of Jebshun from the 1950s (eBay Singapore); Right: Victoria Drummond, the first woman marine engineer in Britain, who worked for Jebshun from 1959 to 1962. In the article about the Kowloon Flour Mills, it was mentioned that Andrew Lam Kam-kwan […]

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Macao Dragon Company, Hong Kong-Macau ferry services 2010-2011

Macao Dragon Company, Image Courtesy Macau News

Macao Dragon Company Limited (Chinese: 巨龍船務有限公司; Portuguese: Dragão Gigante Transportes Marítimos, S.A.) was a start-up ferry company that offered services between the Hong Kong–Macau Ferry Terminal, in Sheung Wan, Hong Kong, and the Taipa Temporary Ferry Terminal in Taipa, Macau. It operated four 65m and 63m highspeed catamarans vessels powered by MTU Friedrichshafen engines using waterjet propulsion, which could accommodate up to 1,200 passengers. Operations of the company began on July 10, 2010. As of September 2010, […]

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Hall, Russell & Company – builders of five Corvettes for service in Hong Kong

Hall, Russell & Co BRP Artemio Ricarte Ex HMS Starling Image Wikipedia

Our article, Hall, Russell & Company, Shipbuilders, Aberdeen, Scotland, briefly mentioned a connection between the shipyard and Hong Kong. Namely, “The Hall Russell Yard was nationalised in July 1977, becoming part of British Shipbuilders Corporation, and then was dedicated to naval work. This was undertaken for British, and Hong Kong governments.” Intrigued, I asked Stephen Davies if he could offer some further […]

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