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unknown #3

unknown #3

Initially I thought it was aberdeen dock, but not so sure. any idean where it was?

Date picture taken (may be approximate): 
Wednesday, January 1, 1890


Hi there,

I tend to believe it was Aberdeen Dock.  Did you see the bay with the 石排 (Shek Pie)?  The shape of it fits a previous Aberden Harbour map posted in another article.  The ridge in the background looks very familiar too.

The terraces also fits the location of the cemetary.

Any more ideas, anyone?

Best Regards,


Yes, it looks like Aberdeen Dock to me too. Taken from up on the hill where the old Police Station stood.

Definitely the Hope, and Lamont, Drydocks, Aberdeen. Probably soon after completion.

thanks a lot for the lamont and hope pointer. I don't know dates for completion or demolition, but the dock was replaced by the Aberdeen Centre complex. You can see it clearly on google map here:



I would suppose this to be both Hope and Lamont docks. From the look of the ships the dating would be very late in the 19th or the early 20th century. The nearer ship looks like a Douglas Steam Ship Co. ship. The further ship might be a China Merchants vessel (the funnel colours more or less fit), but that's mere conjecture. A good diagnostic is the tide gauge hut on the nearer end of the nearer dock. I can't remember when it was installed, but I have a trace memory that it wasn't until the 1890s.

The HKMM would be very appreciative of a copy of this photo.


HKMM - HK Maritime Museum ?

Yes, Dr. Stephen Davies is the Museum Director of the HK Maritime Museum.