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Panamanian ship beached in Hong Kong harbour

Panamanian ship beached in Hong Kong harbour

This photo was taken the morning after a major typhoon hit Hong Kong in August 1968. I was on mv Luxor in Taikoo Dock Yard and we were towed out into the harbour with no engines and shackled to a buoy to ride out the storm. The Panamian ship was next to us. The eye of the storm came right over HK and hit in the morning 12-4. It was quite eerie in the eye and during this period the C/O went forward to check the moorings on his way back the wind went from completely still to about force 8 in seconds and very nearly blew him off the flying bridge, I was on the bridge watching at the time. The tail end of the typhoon was really frightening particularly as we had no engines. The Panamian ship broke her moorings and drifted during the same watch. I can't remember her name. We were towed back to the dock yard 36 hours later. Quite an experience.

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Thank you for this posting Tony and your excellent text is very much appreciated. I am sure that one of our Members will provide the answer to the un-named ship before too long.
 

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Same thing happened in 1958 when another large vessel was cast up on the rocks, completely out of the water ... on the starboard side,under the cliffs just as one entered the harbour ... I never experienced a Pacific storm (Typhoon); just close encounters with water spouts in the Malacca Straits . Snowy
 

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Messageries Maritimes: MEI NAM (1950-1967) = Cie de Nav. Abeto: LA GRANDE ABETO (1967-1970) = Kie Hock Sh. Co.: TONG HWA (1970-1978).

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Typhoon Rose I think that one. There is the story of the Ben boat (which one?) that was in the process of discharging cars (jags, bentleys and suchlike) at the Ocean Terminal for HK's rich and affluent, when they got the call at short notice and cleared out smartly to sea to weather it out.

After a few days they returned to discharge, the cars were landed on the Terminal the size of VWs and multicoloured after careering up and down the hatches with unlashed paint and etc.

Not very happy Receivers!
 

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I remember going ashore to give blood a day or so later for some of the local casualties , and the suprise of being offered a beer instead of a cup of tea.I also seem to think that we went to Singapore then back to HK to pay off. 8 months and £60 to show for it !
 

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