Kwong Shing Hing Shipyard, Cheung Sha Wan, WW2

ER has sent this BAAG report. It is the only information we have about this smaller shipyard. Any further information would be very useful. KWIZ #74, 10.11.44. Further information: For general information about the Elizabeth Ride collection, her father Sir Lindsay Ride, and the British Army Aid group during WW2 a very useful introduction is through http://gwulo.com/node/13968 The BAAG papers are […]

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Gin Drinkers Bay – ship breaking early 1960s

HF: Gin Drinkers Bay ( 醉酒灣, Drunkard’s Bay) is also known as Lap Sap Wan (垃圾灣, Rubbish Bay). Explanations of why these two pejorative Cantonese  terms are used would be welcomed. This photo comes from the Journal of the Geographical, Geological & Archaelogical Society March, 1961. This area of Hong Kong has changed almost beyond recognition since then.  The bay was reclaimed later in […]

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Peak Tram: The Ward Leonard System installed 1926

HF and IDJ: Up until 1926 steam power was used to drive the Peak Tram. In that year an electricity-powered haulage gear Ward Leonard system was installed incorporated within the double reversible funicular railway. Details of this system are provided below under the basic concept first link. I don’t fully understand this and wonder if anyone can provide an even simpler […]

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World War Two -1945 BAAG report on occupied Hong Kong – dairy supplies & facilities

Elizabeth Ride has sent a British Army Aid Group (BAAG) report from 1st March 1945, An Outline of Conditions in Occupied Hong Kong which was compiled in early 1945 for use by the Civil Affairs Committee which was to take on the rehabilitation of HK after the planned allied invasion. HF: The report is lengthy so I am going to divide it […]

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Lamma Island Industry

Hugh Farmer: This article is the result of several people’s research  into industrial development, manufacturing, agriculture, aviation, fishing, quarrying, utilities, shipping and other related topics on Lamma Island. We also include information about Lamma during World War Two which may be of a more general nature. If you can provide information on any of the subjects below, or add to […]

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Umbrella production in HK – late 1950s

Hugh Farmer: These pages from a HK government publication of December 1959 describe changes in the the manufacture of umbrellas in Hong Kong. Pre WW2 almost all parts were imported, by the time of this report however, at least some were being produced here. The second page shows the value of exported umbrellas to many countries worldwide.  It’s interesting for at least […]

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The Construction of the Bank Of China Tower – don’t look down!

IDJ:  The Bank of China Tower houses the headquarters of Bank of China Hong Kong. Designed by Ieoh Ming Pei, the 70-storey building’s height is 315 meters with two masts reaching 369 meters. Construction began in 1985 and was completed in 1989, with its official opening on 17 May 1990. It was the first building outside of North America to […]

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Ngauchiwan / Fukui Shipyard during the Japanese Occupation, 1942-1945

Elizabeth Ride has sent this brief extract from BAAG Intelligence Summaries written during the Japanese occupation of Hong Kong, World War Two: Auxiliary wooden vessels and other small craft are constructed at the Fukui Shipyard, formerly known as the Ngauchiwan Shipyard, situated Southeast of Kai Tak airfield off Tai Wan Tsun.  Only the hulls are produced here, the engines being […]

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