James Thirlwell – Tai Koo Dockyard, Master Mariner and captain of the tug “Tai Koo”

Nikki Veriga: This photo is of my grandparents – James (Newcastle on Tyne) and Elizabeth Thirlwell (nee Wilkinson) and their children.  Grandad was a Master Mariner and captained the tug “Tai Koo” on her final voyage. [The Tai Koo struck a mine and sank in the Red Sea with the loss of 26 of the 63 people on board on 12th September […]

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D.L. Wu, 伍德鄰, and the Taiship Shipping Group

D.L. Wu Portrait HK Maritime Museum

D.L. Wu (伍德鄰) (1905-1995) devoted his entire life to the shipping industry. After attending the Shanghai Baptist College and the University of the Philippines, he started his shipping career in Shanghai in 1928 where he worked for the China Merchants Steam Navigation Co. Ltd. Still in Shanghai, he joined the San Peh Steam Navigation Co. in 1937 and he was […]

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BAAG Report KWIZ #77 Naval Reports – information about numerous locations of interest

Sanko Maru Pre War

Elizabeth Ride has sent BAAG Report KWIZ #77, dated 15th December 1944, 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. The image shown on the Home Page and below is of the Japanese oil transport ship Sanko […]

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Bolinder marine diesel engines – connection to Ulderup and Schlüter Shipyard, Sham Shui Po

HF: Stephen Davies’ article, Ulderup and Schlüter Shipyard, Sham Shui Po c1900-1914, mentions that the shipyard became the local agents for the Swedish Bolinder marine diesels (Bolinder Rohölmotoren – strictly semi-diesels) – two strokes that for the first two decades of the 20th century were probably the world’s most common small marine diesels although most of their early output seems to have […]

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Indo-China Steam Navigation Company – employees

Hinsang Model Of The Ship, Now Displayed In Jardine's London Office Stephen Kentwell

New information added on 29th November 2020 about Percy Richard Cuming. The Indo-China Steam Navigation Company, Limited (ICSNC), was established in 1873 as a subsidiary of Hong Kong based Jardine, Matheson & Co., one of the largest trading companies in the Far East at that time. HF: I thought it might be useful to have an article about employees of the ICSNC., similar to the one we have […]

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Wang Tak Engineering & Shipbuilding Company, 1938 to present

Stephen Davies has sent this photo of various shipyards post-WW2 along the Cheung Sha Wan coastline. Details are unclear but he believes one of these is Wing On Shing Shipyard, article linked below. The only yard that can be readily identified is Wang Tak Engineering & Shipbuilding Company just left of centre. Adapted from the company website: “The story of our company began […]

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The condition of Hong Kong dockyards immediately post WW2, newspaper report October 1945

IDJ has sent the newspaper article below. Though the article’s headline refers specifically to Kowloon Dock, several other Hong Kong dockyards are covered. It’s a little confusing sometimes to understand which dockyard is being referred to. The images included below, and on the Home page, come from our article, Hong Kong & Whampoa Dock – WW2 bombing – the aftermath, […]

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The sternwheeler Sainam – pirated en route to Samshui 1906 – built by Geo. Fenwick, Hong Kong 1900

Our article about Harry Long working for the Kung Lee Steam Ship Company mentioned that “he was a superintendent and engineer on boats taking cargo upriver from Canton. It was a dangerous job and he often had to use firearms to fend off pirates.” This prompted Stephen Davies to recall an incident near Samsui (aka Samshui) where the HK, Canton & […]

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Tam Kung Temple Road Shipyards, Shau Kei Wan

HF: Hong Kong has several locations where there are still clusters of small shipyards. Stonecutters Island, Ap Lei Chau and the north coast of Tsing Yi spring to mind. Another is Tam Kung Temple Road which lies between the Shau Kei Wan MTR station and the Hong Kong Museum of Coastal Defence. Its couple of hundred yards contains about dozen […]

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