Wing On Shing Shipyard during the Japanese occupation 1942-1945

Elizabeth Ride: These BAAG reports about Wing On Shing Shipyard come from the period of the Japanese Occupation of Hong Kong during WW2.

The Wing On Sing  Shipyard, located on the foreshore along Castlepeak Road  between Shamshuipo and Laichikok is controlled by the Kokoki or Koreki Butai.  It builds and repairs wooden vessels, landing craft, launches and motor boats.  One auxiliary wooden vessel was completed in October 1944, and 3 landing craft were reported to have been built between September and December of that year.  About 200 workmen are employed.  Power from the China Light Station, suspended in August 1944, was restored in the following December.

Wing On Shing Shipyard BAAG Aug 1944

BAAG Aug 1944

Wing On Shing Shipyard BAAG KWIZ#74 10.11.44

BAAG KWIZ#74 10.11.44

Wing On Shing Shipyard BAAG KWIZ#74 10.11.44.contd

KWIZ#74 10.11.44.contd

Wing On Shipyard BAAG sketch 9.2.45 cWing On Shipyard BAAG sketch 9.2.45 c.key

Stephen Davies: These aerial photos show post-war shipyards at Cheung Sha Wan one of which was Wing On Shing. They were certainly there as of 1947 and, I think, there just pre-war, though at an early stage they have been more Yaumatei way. The locations of all of these smaller yards seems uncertain.

The photos come from the HK Public Library collection.

Shipyards Cheung Sha Wan post-war aShipyards Cheung Sha Wan post-war b

Further information:

  • For general information about the Elizabeth Ride collection, her father Sir Lindsay Ride, and the British Army Aid group during WW2 a very useful introduction is through

This article was first posted on 25th July 2015.

The Index contains many articles incorporating BAAG reports from WW2. And about industry in HK during that time.

The Index contains several articles about smaller shipyards during the Japanese occupation of HK in WW2.


One comment

  • HKtouk

    These Govt images show the post- 60s boatyards that didn’t exist pre -war. The location in both images is a cluster of boatyards that occupied the space since reclaimed and developed as Banyan Garden and Liberte – just south of Lai Chi Kok Road. The bottom image should help with the location as the Lai Chi Kok incinerator is on the left and the curved road behind is the Lai Chi Kok Road extension – constructed in the 60s.

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