Tang Lung Chau Lighthouse

HF: Kenneth Wong, in February 2024, contacted the website and sent this (initial information) about his grandfather Tse Sam. ”He first joined the Harbour Master’s Department (as it was then) in 1925. He worked at the Green Island Lighthouse and moved to Tang Lung Chau lighthouse in 1931.” Kenneth has sent more detailed information about his grandfather’s life and work […]

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Jebshun Shipping (捷順船務)

Jebshun Shipping Detail Image 1 York Lo

York Lo: Jebshun Shipping (捷順船務) Left: Lam Choon-cheong (A Collection of epitaphs of Chinese elites in HK); Middle: advertising calendar of Jebshun from the 1950s (eBay Singapore); Right: Victoria Drummond, the first woman marine engineer in Britain, who worked for Jebshun from 1959 to 1962. In the article about the Kowloon Flour Mills, it was mentioned that Andrew Lam Kam-kwan […]

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BAAG records of shipping in HK during 1944-45 – the No.2 Anri Maru, ex-China Navigation Company

Elizabeth Ride has British Army Aid Group (BAAG) records of shipping movements for 1944-45 in Hong Kong during the Japanese occupation in World War Two. These provide information not only about the ships themselves but what cargo was being brought into and out of Hong Kong during the latter stages of WW2, passengers carried, and of godowns, docks etc that were […]

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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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Ngautaukok 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. Three wooden vessels were reported to be under construction and nearing completion in mid-1944 at the Ngautaukok Shipyard, located South of the Fukui Shipyard.  Only small wooden ships are built here, and work was reported in July 1944 […]

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Chutsing, Sailmaker, Endicott’s Bazaar, 1864

Chutsing, Sailmaker, 3 Endicott’s Bazaar, Hong Kong. “Sails made and repaired in an efficient manner, on the most moderate terms.” Note: 1864 is the correct year of the publication of this advert despite 1863 being mentioned within the advert. This article was first posted on 26th March 2017. Related Indhhk articles: Wm Dolan, Sailmaker, Duddell Street, 1868 Neil Pryde Ltd […]

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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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Water supply for boats, Lai Chi Kok, early 20th century

Tymon Mellor: As a key trading port for Southern China, Hong Kong harbour has always been full of boats stocking up for the next long journey. One question has always puzzled me, where did they get their fresh water? A look at the original maps of Kowloon provides an answer. The first map of Kowloon and the New Territories was […]

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