Galatea at Hong Kong harbour – Photo of the day
Published by Paula Bray May 30, 2010 in Photo of the day.
Galatea at Hong Kong harbour
This image of the arrival of His Royal Highness the Duke of Edinburgh in the warship Galatea at Hong Kong harbour was taken by John Thomson in 1869. We can see the Duke’s ship anchored in Hong Kong Harbour next to some other vessels which appear to have their decks completely covered by tarpaulin.
While the harbour appears well sheltered by the mainland and the surrounding islands typhoons from the China Sea often lashed the harbour in winter. These storms forced the around 30,000 people who lived on houseboats across the harbour to take shelter in the bays of Kowloon.
Photography by John Thomson
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