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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The Royal Naval Dockyard Hong Kong during World War Two

Elizabeth Ride:  A selection of information reported in the BAAG Intelligence Summaries.    1. Layout.  September, 1944.  [From indistinct original] The sketch plan and its key have been extracted from BAAG KWIZ Report #68 dated 29th September 1944 sent in by Elizabeth Ride. During the Battle of Hongkong, December 1941. *   At the outbreak of war, HMS Moth was […]

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Lighthouses in Hong Kong pre-1941- revised

Stephen Davies: These are the eleven lighthouses (excluding beacons and buoys) that the records show were operated by the Harbour Master before 1941. Note: The locations of Ma Wan (Kap Shui Mun) and Tungkwu/Lung Kwu Chau lighthouses are not yet shown on the map. Gap Rock lighthouse was in Chinese waters but under the aegis of, and paid for by, […]

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Unsung Kingmakers – the low-key Song Brothers who conquered the Shanghai Bund and Victoria Harbor and backed the development of several key industries in post-War Hong Kong

York Lo: Unsung Kingmakers – the low-key Song Brothers who conquered the Shanghai Bund and Victoria Harbor and backed the development of several key industries in post-War Hong Kong   V.J. Song (left) and V.K. Song in Hong Kong in the 1950s (Wendy Song)  Before the emergence of Chinese tycoons such as Li Ka-shing and Sir Y.K. Pao in the 1970s, […]

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