1906 Public Works Report
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22. General Remarks: The Naval Yard Extension Works and Messrs. Butterfield & Swire’s Shipyard works were in progress throughout the year. ln the case of both undertakings, substantial progress was made.
The Hongkong Milling Cos new ﬂour mills were completed and started running before the close of the year.
The erection of a large block of godowns for the Ocean Steamship Co. on Kowloon Marine Lot 88 was begun, the piling for foundations having been completed. The buildings consist of steel framework, ﬁlled in with brickwork, and are the ﬁrst to be erected in the Colony, in which this style of construction has been adopted
The Standard Oil Co.’s large storage depot for oil in bulk on New Kowloon Marine Lot 2 at Lai Chi Kok has made good progress, the erection of the tanks, several of which are 90 feet in diameter, having been commenced. Unfortunately a serious slip occurred of a portion of the sea wall whilst it was in course of erection and it is probable that this will delay the ultimate Completion of the work to some extent.
The Green Island Cement Co. made large extensions to their works on Kowloon MarineLot 40.
The Matilda Hospital (Sharp’s Memorial) at Mount Kellett and the Military Hospital above Bowen Road were practically ready for occupation at the close of the year.
The following is a statement of the reclamation Works in progress during the year :—-
Marine Lot 285, near North Point, 201,132sf
Inland Lot 1,723, near North Point 37,o60sf
Sui Kong Marine Lot 2, Junk Bay (original scheme not carried out), 149,410
Kowloon Marine Lot 85, To Kwa Wan 140,000
New Kowloon Marine lot 2, Lai Chi Kok, 345,928
Kowloon Marine Lot 87, Yaumati 145,350
Kowloon Marine Lot 49, Yaumati 165,000
Marine Lot 290, Shaukiwan Road 53,800
The areas stated are those of the lots which in several cases extend for some distance above the old highwater mark and, though largely so, are not therefore exclusively reclaimed from the sea. ln some cases considerable additional areas beyond those stated have to be reclaimed for roads.
3. Mining Leases: An ordinance authorizing the issue of Prospecting Licences, Mining Licences and Mining Leases was passed in June and Regulations with reference to the same were published in August. Prospecting Licences were issued to Sir C. P. Chater during the year for various parts of the New Territories and one Mining Lease for an area of one square mile at Ma On Shan, on the South shore of Tolo Harbour, was granted to the same gentleman. The lease authorizes the working of deposits of iron ore which were discovered there in the course of prospecting operations.