Jardines Dyeing and Finishing factory, Fo Tan, army tank transporters used to transport two giant boilers

IDJ has kindly sent the following brief newspaper article from 1959.

This mentions “the new Jardines Dyeing and Finishing factory at Fo Tan about two miles outside Shatin” in Hong Kong.

HF: We do not have any information about this factory and I would be very happy to receive information about and/or images of it.

Army Tanks To Lift Giant Boilers Headline Detail China Mail 18th Feb 1959 From IDJ

Two 23-ton steam boilers now at Kowloon Wharf, and too large for civilian operators to transport, will be taken to Shatin on Army tank transporters.

The first boiler will leave the wharf tomorrow morning.

The boilers, which arrived here on December 14, will be installed in the new Jardines Dyeing and Finishing factory, at Fo Tan, about two miles outside Shatin. The factory is still under construction.

They are 23½ feet long, 11 feet four inches wide and 11 feet nine inches high. Once loaded on to the tank transporters, their height above street level will be 18 feet.

The work is being carried out by 8 COY, Independent Infantry Brigade, RASC.

Two tractors will be required to haul the trailer and boiler. One will do the actual pulling, and the second will be held in reserve.

A Police escort will accompany the operation to its destination.

Kowloon Wharf And Gowdown Company's Premises Date Unknown Source University Of Bristol

Kowloon Wharf and Godown Company’s premises date Unknown Source: University of Bristol – Historical Photographs of China reference number: NA20-41.

Source: China Mail 18th February 1959


  1. 8 COY, RASC

This article was first posted on 21st April 2021.

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  • Anthony Shek

    I have worked in Jardine Dyeing and Finishing Company July in 1961 to June 1962 as Foreman trainee. It was a big factory had about 200 workers and it had a dorm next to the factory. The factory operated 24 hours 7 days a week. Workers worked 12 hours a day 6 days weekly. I had a good time there and got to meet few of the nice people. The factory closed and abolished since 1970’s. I welcome any new information from any ex-employees. Thank you.
    Anthony Shek

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