James Thirlwell – Tai Koo Dockyard, Master Mariner and captain of the tug “Tai Koo”

Nikki Veriga: This photo is of my grandparents – James (Newcastle on Tyne) and Elizabeth Thirlwell (nee Wilkinson) and their children.  Grandad was a Master Mariner and captained the tug “Tai Koo” on her final voyage. [The Tai Koo struck a mine and sank in the Red Sea with the loss of 26 of the 63 people on board on 12th September […]

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The Hong Kong Aircraft Engineering Company Ltd (HAECO) photographs

HF: New information in red. Ray has contacted me on behalf of Charles ‘Chic’ Eather saying that the latter  is more than happy for me to use material from his website. Charles  is now into his 95th year and is not able to manipulate a computer as he once could.  Ray helps Charles with his emails and his website. Thanks […]

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D.L. Wu, 伍德鄰, and the Taiship Shipping Group

D.L. Wu Portrait HK Maritime Museum

D.L. Wu (伍德鄰) (1905-1995) devoted his entire life to the shipping industry. After attending the Shanghai Baptist College and the University of the Philippines, he started his shipping career in Shanghai in 1928 where he worked for the China Merchants Steam Navigation Co. Ltd. Still in Shanghai, he joined the San Peh Steam Navigation Co. in 1937 and he was […]

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The Kowloon Motor Bus Company (1933) Ltd – Timeline

HF: This KMB timeline comes from the company’s website. The story begins… On 13 April 1933, Tang Shiu Kin, William Louey Sui Tak, Lui Leung, Tam Woon Tong and Lam Ming Fan established The Kowloon Motor Bus Company (1933) Limited (KMB), which was granted the right to operate franchised bus services in Kowloon and the New Territories. There were 106 […]

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Cheng Cheung Hing Shrimp Paste Factory, Tai O

HF: The SCMP of 17th September 2014 contained an article about the demise of the shrimp paste industry in Tai O on Lantau island. In particular it provides details about the Cheng Cheung Hing Shrimp Paste Factory and its owner Cheng Kai-Keung shown in the photo below. The company was founded by his great-grandfather in 1920. Production was badly affected […]

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Hong Kong Water Supply – second pipe line to be laid under the harbour to bring water from Shing Mun reservoir, newspaper article 1934

Harbour Pipe Line Daily Press 15th June 1934 From IDJ

IDJ has sent a newspaper article from 1934 about the laying of a second fresh water pipe from Kowloon under Hong Kong harbour to Central. As with the first pipe the second was being installed to bring water supplies from the Shing Mun reservoir to Hong Kong Island and was to be undertaken by the Public Works Department, Hong Kong. […]

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