Western Market pier at Morrison Street / Connaught Road for ferries to Mong Kok & Sham Shui Po [????-????]

Submitted by David on Fri, 09/16/2011 - 11:58
Current condition
Demolished / No longer exists

This pier is shown on Plate 3-5a of Mapping Hong Kong, marked "Ferry to Mong Kok & Sham Shui Po".

On Plate 3-5b it is simply marked "Govt Pier", probably because the ferry services had re-located to the then new Vehicular Ferry Pier between Jubilee Street and Queen Victoria Street.

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From : Sham, W. C. (2007). The history of Hong Kong and Yaumati Ferry Company limited, 1923 to the 1970s (Master's thesis, Lingnan University, Hong Kong). Page 33

In January 1919, the Kau Lung Sze Yeuk Kai Fong Ferry Company Limited, the first licenced ferry company, started to operate three ferry routes,
Central Market (Jubilee Street) and Yaumati (Public Square Street),
New Western Market (Morrison Street) and Mong Kok Tsui (Shantung Street),
West Point (Eastern Street) and Sham Shui Po (Nam Cheong Street).

All routes were taken over by HYF later in the 1920's. 

This list shows that there was a ferry pier at Jubilee Street before the new Vehicular Ferry Pier was built.

PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT.

No. S. 191.- It is hereby notified that sealed tenders in triplicate, which should be clearly marked " Tender for Demolition of Western Market Pier ", will be received at the Colonial Secretary's Office until Noon of Monday, the 15th day of May, 1939. The work consists of the demolition and removal of the timber pier and superstructure thereon situated opposite Western Market.

For form of tender, specification and further particulars apply at this Office. The Government does not bind itself to accept the lowest or any tender.

A. G. W. Tickle, Director of Public Works, 

2nd May, 1939.

 

Looks as if this was the end of the pier, although I could not find anything about it in the Public Works Report for 1939.