When: 1906, shortly after the devastating typhoon hit Hong Kong on 18th September.
What: In the foreground is the small boat 'Taikoo Fook', no doubt belonging to Butterfield & Swire. Behind the pier, at a crazy angle, is the 'Ching Kong'. I can't find anything about them on the internet, so any background information gratefully received.
Over in the centre a couple of masts stick out of the water, the only sign of a sunken boat lying there. Then further left is a steamship pushed up out of the water. There's a name on the stern, but unfortunately not clear enough to read.
Onshore the roof has been stripped away from the sheds on the right. Over to the left, the roof in the middle of the terrace is missing. But they got off lightly - other photos show buildings completely destroyed, not just the roof.
Who: The typhoon killed over 10,000 people. That's 1 in 40 people in Hong Kong at that time, with Chinese people living or working at sea hardest hit. The photo shows a couple of Chinese men on the pier, surveying the damage, and no doubt counting their good fortune to have survived.
Where: East Point? Quarry Bay? Shau Kei Wan? Somewhere on Kowloon side? I'm just not sure. I you look above the 'G' of the watermark there's a road winding up the hillside towards the pass. Does that ring any bells?
I know several readers are good at identifying skylines in old photos, so hopefully you'll be able to help pinpoint this one.
This photo is the first from a collection taken after the 1906 typhoon. I'll post up more in the following weeks.