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Cape Collinson lighthouse b.

Cape Collinson lighthouse b.

The ruinous pre-war lighthouse keeper's house was demolished soon aftter this and a new one built. (Andrew S)

Date picture taken (may be approximate): 
Saturday, January 1, 1955


The traditional large tall funnel and a midcastle which extends beyond the bridge are characteristics of a Blue Funnel line class A cargo passenger vessel. Hard to say which one, as 27 ships of this type were built after World War 2. Blue Funnel and similar Glen Line vessels (both owned by Alfred Holt & Co.) were regular visitors to Hong Kong and could be seen berthed at Holt’s Wharf or out at the mooring buoys.

Casualties of the container revolution, most of these classic ships went to the breakers in the early 70s. However, four ships were sold to Ocean Tramping Company, a subsidiary of the Chinese state shipping company COSCO and could be seen in Hong Kong into the early 1980s.

KAISING ex. DIOMED built by Caledon S. B. & Eng. Co. Dundee 1956 and scrapped Taiwan 12/82.

KAIYUN ex. ANTENOR built by Vickers Armstrong Newcastle 1957 and scrapped China 1983

KAILOCK ex. AJAX built by Vickers Armstrong Newcastle 1958 and scrapped 08/82 Taiwan

KAIGO ex. ACHILLES built by Vickers Armstrong Newcastle 1957 and scrapped India 06/1982


Kaising ex Diomed 04 81c (2).jpg
Kaising ex Diomed 04 81c (2).jpg, by degahkg



Thank you for the information. I grew up near Hull in England and often saw ships like this of the Holts or Blue Funnel lines in the busy docks there. Andrew