Who owned these 1920s launch photos?
Can we work out who owned these photos? Here are the clues so far...
What: All the photos are connected with this launch, named Paula:
The seller didn't keep any of the photos' captions, but I think this was taken off Cheung Chau. The house in the background looks like one of the pre-WW2 houses in the south of the island .
When: No doubt about the location for the next one, the Repulse Bay Hotel  is plain to see in the background.
Over at the left edge of the photo they're putting the roof on the hotel's new garage.
The garage building was completed in 1921 , giving us the date for the set of photos.
Where: The earliest photos in the set show the launch under construction. By this stage all the woodwork is done, but it is still waiting for a paint job and a propeller:
We've seen that building on the hilltop before:
The HKCYC building in this photo housed the Corinthian Yacht Club , which we know was east of A. King's slipway . A. King was a well-known boat-builder in Hong Kong.
Comparing the views of the house on the hill, the photo of Paula on the slip was taken a short distance west from the HKCYC. So was the Paula built at A. King's? Then it's a long shot, but do any records of boats built at A. King's still exist?
Who: This couple appear in several photos:
Assuming they're the owners, there's a good chance the boat is named after the lady. Looking at the lifebuoy, there's an even better chance they're American:
Then how about the pennant with the letter "D"? There's a small one on the lifebuoy, and a larger one on the back of the boat. It could be the flag of the shipping line they worked for? Or their private flag, with letter D for their surname?
Any guesses as to their identity? Or can you spot any other clues that will help?
These photos are part of the new Harbour-themed talk . Im looking forward to giving the talk this Wednesday to members of the Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club and their guests.
Also on Gwulo.com this week:
- Cheung Chau's European Reservation: http://gwulo.com/node/12725
- The Repulse Bay Hotel: http://gwulo.com/the-repulse-bay-hotel
- Completion date for the Repulse Bay Hotel garage: http://gwulo.com/comment/33962#comment-33962
- Hong Kong Corinthian Yacht Club: http://gwulo.com/Hong-Kong-Corinthian-Yacht-Club
- HKCYC east of Ah King: http://gwulo.com/atom/13832
- Talk #3: http://gwulo.com/gwulo-talk-3