BAAG records of shipping in HK during 1944-45 – the No.2 Anri Maru, ex-China Navigation Company

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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Water supply for boats, Lai Chi Kok, early 20th century

Tymon Mellor: As a key trading port for Southern China, Hong Kong harbour has always been full of boats stocking up for the next long journey. One question has always puzzled me, where did they get their fresh water? A look at the original maps of Kowloon provides an answer. The first map of Kowloon and the New Territories was […]

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Coal in Hong Kong – initial notes

HF: It was never mined here. So this article is an initial attempt to put together what little we have about importing coal and how it was used in Hong Kong: transport, manufacturing, utilities, shipping, domestically…can you add to this article? All linked articles are Indhhk Group unless stated otherwise. Coal Boats  Coal Bunkering Coal Godowns Mr Murrow’s Coal Godowns […]

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BAAG records of shipping in HK during 1944-45 – August 1944 ships under repair in Kowloon Docks

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. This section of a report (KWIZ #70) is subtitled, Other shipping under repair in Kowloon Docks. I am presuming it covers Aug 1944 as are previous subsections. Ships mentioned are the Minkaku Maru – harbour vehicular […]

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Douglas Lapraik – watchmaker, shipowner and co-founder of the Hongkong & Whampoa Dock Company

Douglas Lapraik arrived in Hong Kong in 1842 in apparently somewhat straitened circumstances from Macau. Things changed for the colourful Mr Lapraik. In 1863, together with Thomas Sutherland and Jardine, Matheson & Co,. he co-founded the Hongkong and Whampoa Dock Company (Kowloon Docks) which at its peak was the largest shipyard in Asia. The following article has been extracted from […]

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Sir Thomas Sutherland – first chairman of Hong Kong & Whampoa Dockyard

James Chan: In 1863 Thomas Sutherland became the first chairman of the Hong Kong and Whampoa Dock. He was 29. The following has been extracted from the Dictionary of Hong Kong Biography. Both the author Robert Nield and HK University Press have given permission for extracts to be used in this article. Robert Nield: “Thomas Sutherland was the founder of one […]

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BAAG records of shipping in HK during 1944-45 – August 1944 ships under construction in Kowloon Docks

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. This section of a report is subtitled, New ships in Kowloon Docks. I am presuming it covers Aug 1944 as are previous subsections. Ships mentioned are cross-river craft, Type F Cargo Vessels, the Akatsuki (No.3) and […]

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BAAG records of shipping in HK during 1944-45 – the Kainan Maru No.374 + No.375

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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Green Island lighthouse – extract from RASHKB journal article

HF: Louis Ha and and the late Dan Waters kindly gave permission to post their article, HK lighthouses + men who manned them, on our website. This was originally published in the RASHKB Journal, Volume 41, 2001 linked below. The following is an extract from the article: Green Island Lighthouse started to operate on 1st July 1875, about three months after […]

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