1950s Praya Central & Vehicular Ferry pier | Gwulo: Old Hong Kong

1950s Praya Central & Vehicular Ferry pier

1950s Praya Central & Vehicular Ferry pier
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Date picture taken (may be approximate): 
Sunday, January 1, 1950


Note the pillbox at the tip of the right hand side pier. During the war with the Japanese, The garrison inside which fired upon a police guarded boat shipping dynamite from Green Island back to HK Island, thinking it a Japanese landing party.

Well spotted! I'd been looking for signs of any of the pillboxes along the north shore, but hadn't found any till you pointed out this one. I think they've all long disappeared, so it will only be in old photos we can see them.

Are you sure this is the pillbox that fired on the dynamite? Tony Banham's site notes the fire as coming from pillbox 63, but from squinting at the map of pillbooxes it looks as though this was likely pillbox 62. The map isn't very clear though, so I'm not 100% sure.


I remember the days when this was the ONLY way to get to kowloon. I think the first tunnel was started in 1962, just after I left. It used to be a nice trip accross, just you and about up to 20 cars/lorries. I cant remember how much it cost, though. Those were the days... Greg

My rough guess is about $1 for a car in 1962. 60 years ago amost to the day, this little boy sat on a family suitcase which was resting on the floor of a small flat-bed truck which was riding this (or twin?) ferry. No seat belts needed or mandated at that time. Yes, Greg fripp, I also miss those days.

Our latest guess is that this was pillbox #61.

Just (re)discovered this post. According to the 1st Bn Middlesex Regt. War Diary, PB 63, in an unfortunate incident, fired on and blew up the ammunition barge. (NA Kew WO 172/1689).