Harbour Tug Empire Sam – Hong Kong service 1946-1967

Hong Kong Police Launch Co.2B Source Model Boats From Stephen Davies

Stephen Davies’  article, Admiralty Floating Dock No.18 – in HK 1945 to 1955, mentions the Harbour Tug Empire Sam. Here Stephen provides further information about the ship. [HF: Curiously I am unable to find a photo of the Empire Sam.] Stephen posted a comment attached to this article on 18th July 2022 “which shows a lovely model of PL 2[see below], so […]

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

Hugh Farmer:  On the 25th September 2014 I took the ferry from Sai Wan Ho to Kwun Tong, walked from there passing through the industrial area  of Yau Tong and caught the ferry back to Sai Wan Ho from Sam Ka Tsuen ferry pier. I took pictures of the piers, ferries, crew and passengers…of the slow boats… a tribute to […]

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Hong Kong United Dockyards (HUD)

James Chan: Hong Kong United Dockyards often abbreviated to United Dockyards or HUD was formed from the merger of the Hong Kong and Whampoa Dock (founded 1863) and Taikoo Dockyard (1902). The Whampoa Dock was located in Hung Hom, West Kowloon and Taikoo Dockyard in Quarry Bay, Hong Kong Island. In 1973 in part to meet the container revolution in […]

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Aberdeen Dock (Lamma Shipyard) during the Japanese occupation 1942-1945

Elizabeth Ride: Aberdeen Dock (Lamma Shipyard), Map ref 186503.   Extract from the BAAG Intelligence Summaries. The Aberdeen Dock, known as the Lamma Shipyard, is controlled by the Kokoki Butei.  No new construction work was undertaken by this yard in 1944.  The principal work was the repair of wooden auxiliary vessels, 8/10 of which passed through the yard between January and […]

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Shipbuilding in Hong Kong, 1943

Elizabeth Ride has sent these BAAG reports about Shipbuilding in 1943 in Hong Kong during the Japanese occupation, World War Two. She has only included information about actual shipbuilding not repairs carried out at the yards. Waichow Intelligence Summary #16, 14.1.1943. Kowloon Dock Akatsuki, Gyoten Maru WIS #20, 23.2.43. Taikoo Docks, Formosa Maru, Mitsui Co Ltd [?] Wing On Shing […]

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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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Facebook: ‘Photos of Taikoo and Kowloon Dock Families’ group – additional images

Simon left a comment about Image 9 below which I have added to the script about Image 9 on 30th May 2022. HF: Geoff Douglass, the creator and administrator of the Photos of Taikoo and Kowloon Dock Families Facebook site, contacted me in May 2016. Geoff very kindly offered to be of any help to our group after I suggested we would […]

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HUD – new tug Whampoa – celebrating two HK shipyards

James Chan: Whampoa is the second in a four tug series constructed by Cheoy Lee Shipyards for Hong Kong United Dockyards (HUD). The first was Taikoo  which was also named after the two shipyards Hong Kong and Whampoa Dock (founded 1863) and Taikoo Dockyard (1902) which merged to form HUD. The Whampoa is a RAmparts 3000 Class Terminal Support Tug specifically designed […]

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