Junks at Sai Wan Ho, Hong Kong, 1930s

Sat, 09/26/2020 - 01:37

Charles Gesner van der Voort (1916-1991) worked at Holland-China Trading Company (HCHC), with offices in Hong Kong, Shanghai, Tientsin (Tianjin), Rotterdam and London. At the start of the company, in 1903, Willem Kien (1877-1970) started to work for HCHC in Shanghai, later becoming director. In 1921 he left China and became director at the Rotterdam head office, at Diergaardelaan 36.

Willem Kien made this photo during a visit in Hong Kong.

Courtesy Kien family archives

Source: This image came from Flickr, see https://flickr.com/photo.gne?id=44673379105

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I think that this photograph was taken from Sai Wan Ho.  If so, the fishing junks are likely to be those of the Shaukiwan fleet. What looks very much like the oldest (?) large billet block (no.10 these days) is prominent on the ridge at the Lyemun camp.