Douglas Lapraik – watchmaker, shipowner and co-founder of the Hongkong & Whampoa Dock Company

Douglas Lapraik arrived in Hong Kong in 1842 in apparently somewhat straitened circumstances from Macau. Things changed for the colourful Mr Lapraik. In 1863, together with Thomas Sutherland and Jardine, Matheson & Co,. he co-founded the Hongkong and Whampoa Dock Company (Kowloon Docks) which at its peak was the largest shipyard in Asia. The following article has been extracted from […]

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Andrew Weir Shipping and Trading Co.Ltd (Bank Line) – connection to Sha Lo Wan Mine, Lantau

Bank Line Advert New Source Unkown

HF: Tymon Mellor’s article, Sha Lo Wan Mine, includes, “A local company, The Bank Line (China) Ltd was interested in production of the ore for shipment to Japan, through Andrew Weir & Co, a local “reputable firm” as advised by the superintendent of Mines in a memo dated 7th January, 1953.” Here is an introduction to this British shipping company […]

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On the slow boat – Sai Wan Ho, Kwun Tong, Sam Ka Tsuen ferries – part one..

HF:  I  was told many years ago that Hong Kong had the most ferry routes of any city in the world. And that Sydney was second and Seattle third. If that was true back in the 1980s it may not be so in 2014. During this period I have seen several routes vanish, including Jordan Road to Central, a wonderful […]

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Arratoon V Apcar & Company, Hongkong 1924-1933, information needed

HF: Our article, Beer in Hong Kong – Part Three – The Oriental Brewery 1908-1912, includes  “It was announced early in March 1913 that the [Imperial] brewery had been purchased:-by Mr Arratoon V Apcar of Messers Arratoon V Apcar and Co, Hongkong … on behalf of a syndicate of which Mr Apcar is a member…” I had not heard of this company before. HK […]

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BAAG Report KWIZ #80 Naval Reports – information about Kowloon, Cosmopolitan, Taikoo, Naval, Tsunan Dockyards, HK Ferries and Standard Oil

BAAG Report Detail KWIZ #80 A1

Elizabeth Ride has sent BAAG Report KWIZ #80, dated 5th January 1945, and noted earlier: After KWIZ #4, the Naval section is not included in the AWM papers, and does not appear again until KWIZ #66, and then in a slightly different format. HF: I am afraid because of time constraints I am no longer able to summarize and list […]

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Alfred Holt, 1829-1911, founder of Alfred Holt & Co (Holts Wharf TST)

HF: Holt’s Wharf and the Godown were set up in 1910 and jointly owned by the Swire Group and Blue Funnel Line. Together they formed  a railway and freight hub in Tsim Sha Tsui. See the article, Holts’s Wharf and Godown, linked below. Here is Alfred Holt’s obituary posted on the excellent Grace’s Guides website and originally published by The Institution […]

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Sir Thomas Sutherland – first chairman of Hong Kong & Whampoa Dockyard

James Chan: In 1863 Thomas Sutherland became the first chairman of the Hong Kong and Whampoa Dock. He was 29. The following has been extracted from the Dictionary of Hong Kong Biography. Both the author Robert Nield and HK University Press have given permission for extracts to be used in this article. Robert Nield: “Thomas Sutherland was the founder of one […]

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BAAG Report KWIZ #78 Naval Reports – information about Kowloon Godown, A.P.C., Cosmopolitan Dock, Taikoo Docks, Naval Dockyard, Kowloon Docks, Tsunan Shipyard, No.3 Kowloon Godowns, Holt’s Wharf, No.3 Kowloon Wharf, Douglas Wharf

Yugure, Jap Destroyer, Underway, 1930s Courtesy World War 11 Database

HF: Please note the first pages of this report are missing. Elizabeth Ride has sent BAAG Report KWIZ #78, date unknown, and noted earlier: After KWIZ #4, the Naval section is not included in the AWM papers, and does not appear again until KWIZ #66, and then in a slightly different format. HF: I am afraid because of time constraints […]

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