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.

Wang Tak Engineering & Shipbuilding Co Ltd - snipped image post-WW2 from S.Davies

Adapted from the company website: “The story of our company began in 1938, when Mr. Szeto Ho founded a small company to provide afloat repairs from a workshop on the Kowloon waterfront.

In the fifties, Wang Tak expanded to cater to the demand for ship conversion from coal to fuel-burning boilers on ocean-going vessels. When ship building took off the ’60s and ’70s, the Company was already technically accomplished and well-poised to supply a new level of competence required by an increasingly sophisticated industry.

The yard is still owned today by members of Szeto family and is a leading service provider for catamarans commuting between Hong Kong and China. It also provides on-going maintenance of container-handling equipment to terminal operators and has been involved in various engineering projects for private and government institutions.” (1)

Two Star Ferries were built by Wang Tak. The Golden Star (金星號) and the World Star (世星號).

This article was first posted on 28th August 2016.


  1. Wang Tak Engineering & Shipbuilding Company website

Related Indhhk articles:

  1. Wing On Shing Shipyard during the Japanese occupation 1942-1945
  2. Smaller Shipyards in Hong Kong during the Japanese Occupation 1942-1945

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