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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Tsunan 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. Among the smaller shipyards, the greatest activity reported in 1944 was at the Tsunan Shipyard in Tokwawan, North of Bailey´s Yard.  Between 40 and 50 small wooden auxiliary vessels were constructed during the year.  The yard also builds […]

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John Laird Wright – MacDonald & Co Shipyard, HK and Green Island Cement, Macau

HF: John Laird Wright worked for MacDonald and Company’s shipyard in Hong Kong from 1907 to 1908. He then worked for Green Island Cement Company in Macau which he left in 1910. This obituary comes from an Institution of Mechanical Engineers: Obituary in 1934: John Laird Wright was for seventeen years a member of the Anglo- Persian Oil Company’s staff in various […]

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Smaller Shipyards in Hong Kong during the Japanese Occupation 1942-1945

The information about these shipyards comes mainly from extracts from British Army Aid Group (BAAG) Intelligence Summaries kindly sent by Elizabeth Ride. Aberdeen Dock (Lamma Shipyard) See: Aberdeen Dock (Lamma Shipyard) during the Japanese occupation 1942-1945 Ah King´s Shipyard. See: Ah King’s Shipyard during the Japanese occupation 1942-1945 plus possible photo 1937 The image below, courtesy of may show Ah […]

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Dredging Marine Sand – Container Terminal 6, 1987 article

James Chan: The Geological Society of HK Newsletter Vol 5 (2) published in 1987 contains this article about what I think is a new subject for the website. The dredging was done by the Dutch company Hollandsche Aanneming Maatschappij, better known as HAM. Source: The Geological Society of Hong Kong Newsletter 1987 Vol 5 (2)  See: The Geological Society of […]

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A R Marty et Cie, Hong Kong trading house, established 1874 and Marty et d’Abbadie, Haiphong, Indochina

Marty & D'Abbadie, Haiphong E Hatingx M&D'A Haiphong

“The French merchant Auguste Raphael Marty (1841–1914) established his own trading house, A. R. Marty et Cie, in Hong Kong in 1874. Information about this Hong Kong company appears thin on the ground – further details would be gratefully received. Stephen Davies suggests that Marty in HK was only ever a shipping company office.  Following the acquisition of northern Indochina […]

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A Century of Riding the Waves: the Hsu Family of Eddie Steamship

Eddie Steamship Detail Image 3 York Lo

On the 25th October 2023 Jim Ting left the following comment – ”My mother was the personal assistant of W.H. Eddie Hsu in the late 1970s until 1982 when we decided to emigrate to the U.S. She had fond memories of her time working there and every so often I still hear her telling these stories.” York Lo: A Century […]

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