This week, Jake has asked us for pics which show modes of transport. I thought you might find these old black and white photos taken from my family album, quite interesting.
In the 1930’s my mom’s father, her uncle and her two brothers, were in the British army stationed in Hong Kong, so mom lived and went to school there for a few years. Here is a pic of the HM Troopship Dilwara, which took her and her family over there from Southampton England, in 1936.
Also in the album is a postcard, showing the same ship battling really rough seas.
In September 1937, Hong Kong was struck by the worst typhoon on record. The winds were gusting up to 149 mph, and 28 ocean-going ships were grounded in the storm in which 11,000 people lost their lives.
Many fishing boats and junks like these, were sunk along with their crew.
I believe the photos were taken either by my grandfather, or maybe his brother. I hope you enjoyed this little slice of history.
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