Hong Kong – 1906 typhoon

On September 18 1906 a typhoon with tsunami killed an estimated 10,000 persons in Hong Kong.The 1906 typhoon sank 2,413 Chinese craft and 141 European. This picture was taken by my grandfather and shows Sailing Packet Hitchcock half sunk against the sea wall of 14 Kowloon Wharf. The Hitchcock was launched on 13 October 1883 in Bath, Maine (USA). The Hitchcock was a three masted schooner – a skysail yarder. Built for Califiornia trade, her original owner was J F Chapman of New York.



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