Big Chimney, Naval Dockyard [c.1906-1960]

Submitted by David on Sat, 02/26/2011 - 17:51
Current condition
Demolished / No longer exists
Date completed
(Day, Month, & Year are approximate.)
Date closed / demolished
(Day & Month are approximate.)

The completion date is a guess, taken from this photo - corrections welcome!

The demolition is confirmed to be 1960, see the comments below.

Photos that show this Place


Thanks for the following notes.


I've got postcards thet show the tower and the chartered bank,
so that's after 1959,
but by the time they started the City Hall building, it's gone.
I think that the City Hall was completed in 1961,

so 1959-61?


Excerpts from White Ensign and Red Dragon

On 28 November 1957, it was announced that a sizable portion of the naval dockyard would be closed.

In 1959, the Hong Kong Govt paid the War Department $24 million for the former dockyard area but the area was not handed over until 1962.

Harcourt Road linking Connaught Road with Gloucester Road was subsequemtly built. The construction of Harcourt Road may have coincided with the demolition of the chimney in the early 1960s.

1960 Central


Definitely been cleared by January 1961 as this hi-res photo makes clear - if date given is accurate. from a US naval visit (USS Bennington) so probably are.

I'm going to up the ante and show you this picture from the 1965 French film "Les Tribulations d'un Chinois en Chine". Is that the Naval dockyard chimney in the background?  If so, then you need to set the demolition date a bit later. The film was released in 1965 but I'mnot sure when it was shot - possibly 1964 or 1965.

Hong Kong Cricket Club
Hong Kong Cricket Club, by Philk

I think it is a different chimney to the original. For whatever reason they temporarily re-erected a chimney near to the original for a few years, perhaps to burn waste as they demolished the rest of the barracks

This 1963 Picture - no chimney of any sort. The aerial photos from February of that year also show no chimney.

This 1965 Picture a chimney exists once again. 

I have multiple other photos that confirm no chimney after 1960 with another appearing the middle of the 1960s. It cant have lasted more than a couple of years at that site became the junction of Harcourt Road and Cotton Tree Drive