The newsprint text cannot decide if to call it MAN TIM or MAN TIN. I suspect MAN TIN is correct..
I do not recall seeing any proper photographs of this oddity
Main picture says Kin, article says Kim. Neither appears to say TIm/Tin.
Wiki has a fairly decent list of the HYF ferries. Not sure how comprehensive it is.
Noteworthy though is the fact that the Man Kim is still in use as one of the bauhinia harbour party boats. Can't find a mention of a Man Kin.
Confirmed, it was the Man Kim Second vehicular ferry built for the HYF.
I believe Man Kim is still up and running under Harbour Cruise – Bauhinia, operated by the Hong Kong Ferry Group.
If the hull of the present vessel is the original one, I suppose it could be classed as an "historic vessel" considering its age
There is a blog out there with four photos of the Man Kim in different stages of its service live, except it current pink\white look for its cruising service. I have an impression that the Man Kim is still being used to ferry dangerous goods (gasoline\LPG tankers, kerosine trucks, etc) between North Point and Kwun Tong sometimes.
Further information on this ferry and others in the HYF Co fleet can be found at this informative site.
It would appear that the Man Kim was withdrawn in 1974. The second Man Kim was built in 1976.
The text is in Chinese however on my Google Chrome browser it will translate into English.
The top picture in the HKYF Company 1973 booklet showing the MAN YEUNG is identical to the photo in the 1947 press report on the MAN KIM.
Thank you for posting the image with the side by side tugs. It reminded me of crossing the Red River Delta in North Vietnam in the 1980s on a very similar set-up on a large barge or old hull carrying a number of heavy Russian trucks. The small tugs struggled either side in strong winds as waves broke over the bow, while all around us were dozens of sailing junks moving swiftly in the wind.
The current version has two vehicle decks and a passenger deck at the top despite the middle deck is of no use these days. It did not look the same as the previous one if you compare the docking.
And shot the other two on the way:
Noted the following in the China Mail dated 21 January 1946.
Hong Kong is going to have the vehicular ferry running again as from today, but for the time being, it is confined to Service use. The only vehicular ferry left that can be put in commission, the "Man Yeung" will run the service and operate a 90-minute schedule between the Vehicular Ferry Wharf in Hong kong and the Jordan Road Wharf in Kowloon.
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