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1920 - 1929

The Chinese ship "Zhan Dou 16", - as shown in the following two pictures -, is one of the ships I am not sure about.
The name means something like "Battle", "Fight" or "Struggle", and in China in those days there were an awful lot of ships carrying that name followed by a number, - like in this case No. 16.
I estimate that she could be from the 1920's - - - Or maybe the 30's???

However, - some friendly outside source, - expert on Chinese shipping -, is 99,9% sure that this ship has following history:

Built: 1925 in Germany
Tons: 4131, - LLP.: 105,3 m, - Beam: 15,5 m, - Propulsion:  1 Steam engine, - 9,5 knots
Built for German flag in 1925 as "Merkator"
Renamed 1926: "Eliane L.D.", - 1935: "Lu Hsing", - 1937: "Inviken", - 1947: "Lu Hsing", - 1950: "Storbay", - 1952: "Tai San"
Then she is deleted from Lloyds Register in 1958.
What happens then is unclear, but on the following pictures she shows up again in 1973, - still going strong -, as "Zhan Dou 16"!
 
 
 
 
 


1973-01-067
"Zhan Dou 16"
Photographed on the Yangtze River in 1973-
(Photography © Karsten Petersen)
 
 
 


1973-01-068
"Zhan Dou 16"
Photographed on the Yangtze River in 1973-
(Photography © Karsten Petersen)
 



1973-1801-033
"Tung Shan"
Photographed in Macau's Porto Interior, - the old inner harbour -, in 1973
(Photography © Karsten Petersen)

Classic steam ferry in the Hong Kong - Macau service.
Shortly after I took these pictures, the "Tung Shan" was scrapped in Hong Kong in 1974, - and another unique maritime antique was lost forever to the fast hydrofoils that had started to take over on the Hong Kong - Macau run.
When sailing back to Hong Kong on the "Tung Shan", I asked if I could visit the engine room to see an old steam propulsion plant in action, but unfortunately my request was denied, - hence no pictures of the engine room, - unfortunately!

Built in Hong Kong in 1924, as "Sai On", - Tons: 1950, - LPP: 68,8 m., - Beam: 12,8 m., - Propulsion:  2 steam turbines, - Speed: 13 knots
Renamed 1943 to "Seian Maru", - in 1945 to original name "Sai On, - in 1950 to "Takshing" and in 1968 to "Tung Shan".  Scrapped in January 1974.
 
 


1973-1801-034
"Tung Shan"
Photographed in Macau's Porto Interior, - the old inner harbour -, in 1973
(Photography © Karsten Petersen)
 
 
 

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