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Taikoo Dockyard, Hong Kong August 1968

Taikoo Dockyard, Hong Kong August 1968

Taken from mv Luxor during a fantastic 5 week dry docking at Taikoo during August 1968. Probably the most expensive stay I ever had in any port anywhere but it was truly wonderful.

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Nice photo Tony. It certainly brings back some memories, I was in the Taikoo dry dock, a year after you (1969), I was onboard the M/T Norsk Viking and we spent 2 weeks there, and as you say expensive but memorable.

Frank
 

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Hi Tony

Remember it well. Was in there for two weeks in March 1961 on the Blue Funnel "Demodocus" - major prop shaft trouble - should have gone to Shanghai, but discharged the cargo in HK and spent the time trying to sort things out - eventuly successfully!
 

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The tanker alongside is Turnbull Scott's "Eastgate" which was damaged in a collision with the French "Circea" off Hong Kong on 30 March 1973, sold and renamed "Great Fareastern" but broken up in Kaohsiung three months later.
 

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Taikoo Dock being previously the property of John Swire & Sons Ltd. and where several of their China Navigation ships were in fact built exclusively for their own liner trades. In the early eighties the price of this real estate became far too expensive to be used as a dockyard so it was developed as residential property, namely Taikoo Shing. On the Hong Kong MTR rail system the Taikoo name survives with the adjacent Taikoo railway station.
 

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