The Seawise Giant, the longest, heaviest, ship ever built – Hong Kong connection

Seawise Giant Image SCMP

Seawise Giant, later Happy Giant, Jahre Viking, Knock Nevis, Oppama, and finally Mont, was a ULCC supertanker (ultra large crude carrier) that was the longest ship ever built. She possessed the greatest deadweight tonnage ever recorded. Fully loaded, her displacement was 657,019 tonnes (646,642 long tons; 724,239 short tons), the heaviest ship of any kind, and with a laden draft of 24.6 m (81 ft), she was incapable of navigating the English Channel, the Suez […]

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Charles de Ricou – founder of The Macau Aerial Transport Company – biography

Charles De Riccou Detail Photo During Military Service Indochina 1918, Chic Eather

“Macau Aerial Transport (MAT) was the first commercial airline company to be established in Macau or Hong Kong. [Founded by Charles de Ricou he] found it wise to set up MAT as a British company but public opinion in Macau was generally against having yet another ‘foreign’ enterprise in their midst. The Government of Macau, however, sensing the obvious merits […]

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Ping Shan – proposed airport for Hong Kong

IDJ: When Hong Kong was liberated in September 1945, one of the military groups diverted to assist restoring the city’s electricity, gas and water utilities and railway was the Royal Air Force’s No. 5358 Airfield Construction Wing that was part of Shield Force. This fleet of Royal Navy Cruisers and Aircraft Carriers plus their support ships were transporting 3000 airman […]

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George Benjamin Dodwell, 1851-1925, Prominent Hong Kong merchant and shipowner

George Benjamin Dodwell Image Wikipedia

Dodwell & Co. (天祥洋行) or Dodwell’s, was one of the leading British merchant firms, or hongs, active in Hong Kong, China and Japan during the 19th and 20th century. It was a direct rival to Jardine, Matheson & Co., Dent & Co., and Russell & Co. Swire oulived the latter two and remains a major commercial power in Hong Kong, China and […]

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Hong Kong Air International Ltd – helicopter services – HK Flying Club article 1974

Hong Kong Air International HK Flying Club Mag 1974 Article Detail E IDJ

A BRIEF HISTORY OF HONG KONG AIR INTERNATIONAL LIMITED Hong Kong Air, the Colony’s only commercial helicopter service, commenced operations in August 1970 and initially was based at the Flying Club. The Club made its hangar available to Hong Kong Air until the present hangar near the HAECO complex was completed. The first helicopters in the Hong Kong Air fleet […]

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Nam Wah preserved ginger manufacturer – Sham Shui Po

Nam Wah Preserved Ginger Detail D Advert China Mail 12.12.1928

According to HK company records the Nam Wah Preserved Ginger Company Ltd was incorporated on 27th October 1954 as a private company and is apparently still operating. However this 1928 company advert appears to show it with a factory in Sham Shui Po and office in Central. Can anyone confirm the company dates and/or supply further information/images about the Nam […]

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