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Hammerhead Crane (Demolition) Timeline

Date picture taken (to nearest decade for older photos): 

It's not easy to find the demolition date of the Hammerhead Crane, Hung Hom. Fortunately, in the early 1980s frequent aerial survey flights were performed that are accessible at the website of HKMS 2.0. These were executed at different flight altitudes, therefore some photos have poor resolution.

In this compilation the top row shows the crane, while it's already gone at the bottom row. So the demolition date should be between May and October 1982.

Hammerhead Crane, Hung Hom [c.1938-1982]

Date Place completed: 
c.1938-01-01 (Year, Month, Day are approximate)
Date Place demolished: 
c.1982-07-01 (Month, Day are approximate)

This massive crane was a landmark on Hong Kong's harbour for many years, but Hong Kong wasn't its original home. The crane was built for the Earle's Shipbuilding and Engineering Co., "the largest yard building the biggest ships on the Humber in Hull" on the east coast of England.

HUD-Hydrofoils + Jetfoil + base of hammerhead crane-1972

Date picture taken (to nearest decade for older photos): 

Two Hydrofoils and one Jetfoil on maintenance support frames.

It’s interesting how deep under the water the foils would have to be.

With the Jetfoil present when I took this picture, originally in colour, from a passing HKY ferry in 1972, it means that Jetfoils are still serving Hong Kong now for at least 44 years.

Also of interest is the base of the hammerhead crane securely anchored to the pier which we don't normally see images of.

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