Clock – made at Kowloon (Whampoa) shipyard in 1920s? Information needed.
Calum Johnston: the attached photograph is of a clock my uncle brought back from Hong Kong where he worked at Whampoa dockyard in the 1920s. I first saw it as a three or four year old when I went to stay with my aunt and uncle (in Glasgow) in the 1930s. I recently started to make an effort to have the clock renovated which inspired me to try to do some research on its origins. I thought it came from Taikoo Dockyard but could find nothing and then I realized that Taikoo and Whampoa were separate in the 1920s (although not in my own time in HK (1972-74)). Then I discovered that the founder of Whampoa had been a watch maker. I remember being told that the clock had been made in the dockyard and cost a dollar but I thought it had been a sideline of some of the workers. Perhaps it was an official product. I would be grateful if you can you shed any light or add anything to the story of the clock
Related Indhhk articles:
- HK & Whampoa Dockyard – the retirement of Alexander Milne Calman July 1948 – information needed
- Douglas Lapraik – watchmaker, shipowner and co-founder of the Hongkong & Whampoa Dock Company
- HK and Whampoa Dockyard – what happened to its famous Hammerhead Crane?
- Hong Kong & Whampoa Dock – WW2 bombing – the aftermath
- Hong Kong & Whampoa Dock Co. Ltd – ships built, wrecked during WW2