Macau Air Transport Company (Hong Kong) Ltd – The One Cigarette Airline

Compiled by IDJ Macau, the Portuguese colony forty miles across the Pearl River delta from Hong Kong had a surprisingly long aviation history despite no land based airfield or aerodrome until the 1990s. After visits by travelling American showmen-balloonists demonstrating vertical flight in 1891, it was not until 1920 that French born local entrepreneur Charles de Ricou revealed ambitious plans […]

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Kowloon Trams – Proposals 1913 to 1918

IDJ has sent information, taken from the book Tramlines…, about several proposed tramways on HK Island and from Kowloon to China. This extract is about proposed trams in Kowloon which never came to fruition: “The last in this series of proposals for extending the benefits of tramways to the citizens of Hong Kong came, not suprisingly, from the Hongkong Tramways Company […]

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The British Borneo Timber Company – Taikoo Dockyard locomotive connection

IDJ has sent an article, The Development of Rail Transport in the Logging Industry,  which is about Borneo. This briefly mentions a Taikoo dockyard steam locomotive being used by the British Borneo Timber Company around the 1920s. “It is also believed that the BBTC later added a second steam locomotive of unidentified manufacture Taikoo No. 1, purchased second hand from Hong […]

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Proposed iron bridge connecting HK Island – Kowloon pre-1921

IDJ has sent a March 1921 China Mail special supplement showing a proposed bridge linking HK Island to Tsim Sha Tsui in Kowloon. Tymon Mellor: This was not the first time such a bridge had been discussed. “The Harbour Master in 1901 proposed the construction of a cross-harbour bridge between Pottinger Street on the Island and Robinson (Nathan) Road”. See article […]

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Kwok Tai Motor & Pump Company Ltd – distributor of VVs – village vehicles

Kwok Tai Motor & Pump Company was established in 1997. It appears to import and sell a wide range of goods including pumps, generators, gardening equipment, agriculture tools…and village vehicles (VVs) of both wheel and crawler type. The company website shows a few examples: The company’s address is G/F, Tai Fook Centre, 17 Kin Tak Street, Yuen Long with a […]

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SS Tien Loong – 1947 a Chinese first

On August 4, 1947, the 10,471 ton Tien Loong was the first steamship owned, managed, financed and crewed by Chinese, to sail from Shanghai to France. And was thus the first such vessel to sail in the Atlantic Ocean. She arrived in Le Havre, France on October 28. Chinese Maritime Trust (a sister company of Island Navigation Corp.) had signed […]

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Facebook: ‘Photos of Taikoo and Kowloon Dock Families’ group – additional images

HF: Geoff Douglass, the creator and administrator of the Photos of Taikoo and Kowloon Dock Families Facebook site, contacted me in May 2016. Geoff very kindly offered to be of any help to our group after I suggested we would probably be interested in two main areas regarding his site, namely: a) further information about the photos of both docks shown there […]

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