Socony-Vacuum Oil Company in HK from 1896

HF and Elizabeth Ride (ER) New information in red. The article 1941 Report – Future Control and Development of the Port Of Hong Kong mentions the Socony-Vacuum Oil Company. The first Hong Kong mention I can find is about the Vacuum Oil Company  from The Hongkong Government Gazette of 23rd May 1896. Then this from the Hongkong Government Gazette of […]

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World War Two – BAAG reports – Batch 2 – HK industry, factories, mines, CLP…

Elizabeth Ride has sent a further sample of British Army Aid Group reports sent during during the Japanese occupation of HK in WW2. HF: There are many industrial references. Well known companies such as China Light & Power as well as smaller concerns such as those producing oil ,boat diesel engines and acids. Mines reopened by the Japanese. What was […]

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HK Oxygen – HK Oxygen & Carbide – Far East Oxygen & Acetylene Companies WW2

HF: Elizabeth Ride’s (ER) second comment (ER 2) suggests that there  were three similarly named companies in HK during the Japanese occupation in WW2. I am assuming that the BAAG agents’ reports mentioning ‘factory’ is because these buildings were of primary interest rather the companies themselves. If so we have these: a) The Hong Kong Oxygen Company b) The Hong […]

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UDL Argos Engineering & Heavy Industries

HF:  In the article Ship breaking in Hong Kong – Junk Bay 將軍澳 – late 1970s IDJ mentions Argos which was a contract labour supplier to China Light & Power for a long period and ran their own fleet of double-decker buses to get their people to the Castle Peak Power Station site when it was under construction. From the company website: […]

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Brick Glass Cones UK – connection to Kennedy Town glass manufacturer

HF: The Indhhk article  The Hong Kong and Macao Glass Manufacturing Company Ltd in Kennedy Town contains an extract found by moddsey from the Hong Kong Daily Press of 9th Jan 1886. This mentions the Glassworks appearance including: “The western side is bounded by the glasshouse proper, a square building, from the centre of the roof of which is seen […]

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Hong Kong & Whampoa Dock Co. Ltd – ships built, wrecked during WW2

HF with thanks to Mike T: The excellent website wrecksite lists 26 ships built at the HK & Whampoa Docks which were subsequently permanently disabled/sunk during World War 2. At the time of their demise these ships were Australian, British, Dutch, German, Japanese, Norwegian or Thai. The ships were lost because of:- “air-raid, foundered, gunfire-shelled, mined, ran aground (wrecked), scuttled […]

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Four HK Shipyards – information needed

HF:  I have posted, backdated to 10th May 2014, four articles with very brief information about: 1) Tai Koo Dockyards 2) Kwong Hip Lung Shipyard 3) Taikoktsui Shipyards 4) Wing On Shing Shipyard Any other information about these companies would be welcomed. And about other ship/dock yards in Hong Kong. Related Indhhk articles: Early HK Shipyards and Graving Docks Bailey’s […]

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World War Two – 1944 BAAG reports – Four HK Shipyards

HF: Elizabeth Ride has sent information about four Shipyards from BAAG reports made during the Japanese occupation. This information is of interest with regard to what was (or wasn’t ) happening in them in 1944. The first Taikoo Docks is well known. The other three much less so. Kwong Hip Lung Shipyard, Wing On Shing Shipyard and Tai Kok Tsui […]

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World War Two – BAAG agent’s drawings from the Japanese occupation, industrial locations

HF: Elizabeth Ride has sent information about the British Army Aid Group’s (BAAG) drawings of Japanese installations which were made by agents to supplement written intelligence reports about Hong Kong during the Japanese Occupation in WW2. Some of the drawings and accompanying notes mention locations and companies directly connected with Hong Kong’s  industrial history. Unfortunately the pages are not numbered. […]

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Kwong Hip Lung Shipyard (Dainichi Shipyard during the Japanese occupation)

HF: Some  initial notes and images regarding this Hong Kong company established in 1877. The following extract is from an August 1944 BAAG WW2 report courtesy of Elizabeth Ride. The Kwong Hip Lung Shipyard, situated immediately North of the Cosmopolitan Dock in Shamshuipo, was renamed the Dainichi Shipyard in June 1943, and is under the control of the Hongkong Governor’s Office.   […]

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