Blake Pier (1st generation) [1900-1965]
Blake Pier was built on Connaught Road at the end of Pedder Street, and opened in 1900. The Report of the Director of Public Works for 1900 said:
Blake Pier - This work was completed by the contractors for its erection - Messrs. Kinghorn & Macdonald - and opened for public use in November. Its erection was commenced on the 1st December, 1899, and the somewhat lengthy period occupied was owing to considerable difficulties experienced in screwing the piles home. These difficulties were successfully overcome and the work satisfactorily completed.
His Excellency Sir Henry Blake, G.C.M.G., inaugurated the pier on the 29th of November.
Initially it was just a pier without any roof - not a very practical design given the hot sun and heavy rains of a Hong Kong summer. So the month after the pier was opened, the government launched a competition for the design of a clock and roof for the pier:
His Exvellency Sir Henry A. Blake, G.C.M.G., Governor of Hongkong, invites designs accomompanied by estimates of cost, of a Clock Tower on the base of Blake Pier and a roof over one half of the shore end of the pier.
A premium of $250 is offered for the design considered first in order of merit.
The designs submitted to become the property of the Colonial Government.
The shelter was finished in 1909, as reported in the Public Works report for that year:
90. Blake Pier Shelter. The fixing of the lamps was completed in January and the painting of the ironwork of the shelter was finished during the month of March, thus completing the work.
Perhaps the shelter attracted more people than the governmnet expected? In November of 1909 they issued Regulation No. 703:
No person shall sit or stand upon any part of the railings of Blake Pier.
(I wonder if the regulation is still in effect, in which case I've seen plenty of law breakers at the pier in it's current location in Stanley!)
I'm not sure the exact date when the pier went out of use. I'm guessing it was in the early 1960s, when reclamation moved the coastline again.