Central waterfront 1981 | Gwulo: Old Hong Kong

Central waterfront 1981

Central waterfront 1981

I think that these two ships were ferries sailing between Hong Kong and Guangzhou.

Date picture taken (may be approximate): 
Thursday, July 30, 1981


The ships in the picture are two out of three built in Japan for Shun Tak Shipping Company’s HK to Macau service in the early 1970s – NAM SHAN, TAI SHAN and LO SHAN. They were replaced by two high speed vessels built by Vosper Thornycroft  UK - CHEUNG KONG (1984) & JU KONG (1985). Two unique vessels which also ended up in the Philippines in 1997.


All three vessels built by Nigata Eng. Co. Ltd. of Japan.

NAM SHAN:  built 1972 - sold 1982 to A.P. Madrigal Steamship Co. Inc. Philippines renamed MADRIGAL SURIGAO - scrapped  04/93.

TAI SHAN:  built 1972  - sold to A.P. Madrigal Steamship Co. Inc. Philippines 1982 renamed  MADRIGAL TACLOBAN  then MADRIGAL ROMBLON – scrapped 1994

LO SHAN:  built 1973  - scrapped 1996