Workshops between Navy's tidal basin and dry dock [c.1907-c.1975] | Gwulo: Old Hong Kong

Workshops between Navy's tidal basin and dry dock [c.1907-c.1975]

Current condition: 
Demolished / No longer exists
Date Place completed: 
c.1907-01-01 (Year, Month, Day are approximate)
Date Place demolished: 
c.1975-12-31 (Year, Month, Day are approximate)

The building is easy to spot, with high ceilings and a row of pitched roofs. It was built during the extension of the naval yard c.1907:

Naval Dockyard under construction
Naval Dockyard under construction, by G Warren Swire


Most of the naval yard's buildings were demolished soon after the dockyard closed in 1959, but the workshops lasted longer. They're shown at the top-left corner of this 1960s photo.

1966 HK Club-2.jpg
1966 HK Club-2.jpg, by Peter


I guess they were demolished in the 1970s to make way for the Prince of Wales building that was built on this site.

Photos that show this place


The workshops were probably deleted earlier, see this photo attributed to 1963:

1963 HK 11 Harbour from Magazine Gap Road.jpg

1963 HK 11 Harbour from Magazine Gap Road.jpg, by John + Judith Mackay

The date of the photo seems quite ok (possibly also 1964) as the building under construction on the left side should be Prince's Building (1965-). 

And this one from (attributed to) 1965:

1965 View over Admiralty
1965 View over Admiralty, by David


Hi Klaus, I think the workshops were still standing in the two photos you posted. Here's a 1966 view, showing a taller building on the seafront, and the workshops behind it. The workshops nearest the tall building have a light-coloured roof, and the workshops further away have a dark-coloured roof. The two photos above aren't super-sharp, but seem to show the same pattern of tall building, light roof, dark roof.

Police Station and environs 1966
Police Station and environs 1966, by Peter Yeates Royal Navy Hong Kong Flotilla Collection

Hi David, I think you're right. At least in 1970, the workshops were still standing. Regards, Klaus

Tidal basin 1970
Tidal basin 1970, by J3 Tours Hong Kong