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Chow Sing

Submitted by David on Sun, 04/26/2015 - 15:00

In the second of Mary Unsworth's memoirs, she tells us about Chow Sing, the Chinese steward on her husband's boat. (Her husband, Richard Unsworth, is the "Captain" in the following text). Chow Sing suffered greatly when the plague hit Hong Kong, but in an unexpected twist the story has a happy ending.

"Chow Sing" by Mary Unsworth, copied from her original handwritten account.

Early photos of Mid-levels

Submitted by David on Sat, 04/11/2015 - 19:00

Thank you to Martyn Gregory for sharing these old photos of Mid-levels with us. They were taken in the late 1800s.

You can click on any photo to visit its page. There you can zoom in to see more detail, read any notes about the photo, and add a comment about where and when it was taken.


The photos come from several albums of photos, probably bought as souvenirs of visits to Hong Kong. Professional photographers offered a selection of popular views. Customers could choose the photos they liked, and have them mounted in an album.