Hung Hom Ferry Pier (Northern pier of three piers off Whampoa Street) [1963-1979]

Submitted by tngan on Wed, 01/16/2013 - 12:44
Current condition
Demolished / No longer exists
Date completed
(Day & Month are approximate.)
Date closed / demolished
(Day & Month are approximate.)

(Timeline added, based on the comments below:)

1963 - The pier opens for business. Initially it handles the Hung Hom - North Point ferry service that moved here from the pier off Gillies Avenue.

1975 - The Hung Hom - Wanchai ferry service also moved here. That service previously ran from the adjacent pier, slightly southwest of this one.

1979 - This pier is closed. Both ferry services move to the new pier, near to the KCR turntable.

The present day foot bridge stands more or less along the old sea front.  We could use the bridge as a reference for the three piers.

Photos that show this Place


It seems to me that this pier was reactivated from about 1990 to 1991 when the new pier south-west of it was lost to reclamation. In 1991, it was replaced by the current pier.

The pier at this marker operated from 1963 to 1975 for north point line only. From 1975 to 1979, wanchai service was added to this pier. In 1979, both lines moved to a new pier in the picture below:

Turntable-Tsim Sha Tsui East
Turntable-Tsim Sha Tsui East, by IDJ

The hunghom to north point pier did not need to be reactivated. In 1988, the north point service just moved to the temporary pier at Hunghom Bay Center with the other services. In 1991, they moved to Whampoa garden.

Map of Hung Hom Bay about 1990
Map of Hung Hom Bay about 1990, by Klaus

Something is not quite right.

Former Hung Hom Ferry Pier (1979) for Hung Hom / North Point service [????-????]
should be
Former second generation Hung Hom Ferry Pier for Hung Hom / North Point service [1963-1979] and Hung Hom / Wanchai service (1975-1979)
The North point pier was moved from Gilles road to Whampoa street after the reclamation in 1963.
A news report reported that move:

華僑日報, 1963-06-24

In 1975, the Hunghom train terminal was opened and the Star Ferry Co. restarted the Central service by borrowing the Hunghom/Wanchai pier from YMT. YMT moved its Wanchai service to this pier. From 1975 on, this pier served both North point and Wanchai.

工商晚報, 1975-11-16
In 1979, a new pier was opened to replace this pier to serve both North point and Wanchai.

華僑日報, 1979-02-26

All information came from this:

The pier at this marker was not built in 1979. Its position being along Cheong Hang Road indicates it was the northmost pier parallel to Whampoa street (see 1978 map below).

It should be the old pier which moved from Gilles road to Whampoa Street in 1963. In 1979, a new pier was built to replace this one at the turntable in the map below.

I've updated the title, and added a timeline at the top of the page.

For the title, I've just used its location so that it doesn't become too long.

Please let me know if any corrections are needed, then I'll move on to the next pier.