British stone marker stating the 114'30" E boundary at sea dated 1902 [1902-2007]
The marker is approximate. However for the accuracy of the then Royal Navy Engineers/Survayers I am pretty sure the stone used to sit exactly on the 114'30" E longitude.
Thanks for JW for this piece of Old News. Back in 2007 archeologists in Shenzhen had discover this stone marker at the tip of the Xichong (西沖)。 It was the boundary marker setup by the British for the seaward boundary concerning the taking (or lease, depends on how you look at it) of the New Territories.
The new clip mentioned this marker did not have any Chinese engravings on it and believed to be erected by the British on their own, without any liaison with the then Chinese Government. Typical British gunboat diplomacy strategy.
I have to admit I was unaware of this piece of news back in 2007 and wouldn't have notice it if JW did not bring it up.
I have no idea if the stone is now in a museum or still lying somewhere at the peninsula where it was found.
Edit. JW forwarded another link to me earlier. This is the abstract of a paper by archaeologists. On the contrary this abstracts mentioned the stone marker is actually more or less the same as the two on Lantau, One of the faces has Chinese engravings. However this one was broken apart. The obelisk had collasped with the base broken. The abstract has one small paragragh in English. It also contains the engraving of all three marker stones. The three stones had been fixed by the same team. Maybe we should fix up some tags for these three markers?
Marker moved up the slope, at the top of a spur.
1902 THIS STONE IS IN LONGITUDE 114°30’0” E FIXED BY LIEUT AND COMＲ F.M.LEAKE R. N AND OFFICERS OF H.M.S. BRAMBLE〔2〕。FROM HERE THE BOUNDARY LINE EXTENDS DUE SOUTH UNTIL IT MEETS THE PARALLEL OF 22°9’ 0”N. NORTHWARD THE BOUNDARY FOLLOWS THE SOUTH SHORE OF MIRS BAY. 〔1〕