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1973-01-074
"Gong Nong Bing 6"
Photographed on the Huangpu River in 1973
(Photography © Karsten Petersen)

Looks as if this old-timer is the former "Ponce" from 1899 which makes her 74 years old when I took this picture on the Huangpu.
The Chinese name "Gong Nong Bing" means "Worker Peasant Soldier", - and during the Cultural Revolution there were many ships carrying that name followed by a number in order to distinguish the many ships with similar names from each other - - - -
And this one is number 6 - - - -
One problem is, that apparently the numbers were often changed, - like the Chinese also did on their navy ships -, so that it is difficult to keep track of what is what - - -

Passenger/cargo ship built as "Ponce" in 1899 in USA for US flag, - Tons: 3503, - LPP: 96,6 m, - Beam: 12,8 m, - , Propulsion: Steam Engine - 12 knots

Renamed "King Hsing" 1946, - "Vest Bay" 1950 , - "Tai Er Chuang" 1951, - "Chung Hsing 9" 1952, - "Min Chu 1" in the mid 50'es, - "Gong Nong Bing 6" 1967, - Further fate unknown.
 
 
 
 
 


1973-01-075
"Dong Fang Hong 9" and behind "Gong Nong Bing 13"
Photographed on the Huangpu River, Shanghai in 1973
(Photography © Karsten Petersen)

Another "problem photo" from Red China taken during the Cultural Revolution, but the "problem" has now been solved, thanks to some external help with the proper identification - - - -
The military green passenger ship coming from the left is clearly the "Dong Fang Hong No. 9", because the name says so, - it is one of the Chinese standard names meaning "The East is Red" followed by a number.
The combined passenger/cargo ship behind is one of the many ships with the standard name "Gong Nong Bing" , - "Worker Peasant Soldier" -, followed by a number, which in this case is "13", but on this photo it is not possible to see the number - - - -
Take note of the gun on the aft part of the ship - - -

The military green painted Yangtse lower river steamer, - "Dong Fang Hong 9" -, is ex. "Paowo" from 1930
Tons: 2517, - LPP.: 85,5 m., - Beam: 14,7 m, - Propulsion: 2 propellers, Steam Engine, - Speed: 12 knots
Built as "Paowo" in 1930, - Renamed "Rasan Maru" in 1942, - "Paowo" in 1946, - "Sze Ming" in 1946, - "Chiang (Kiang) Ming in 1949, - and finally in 1967 renamed "Dong Fang Hong 9", - and she appears to have been withdrawn in 1984.

The combined passenger/dry cargo ship behind is the "Gong Nong Bing 13", - was built in 1943 for Japanese flag as "Tsinan Maru" - (Or in Japanese "Sainan Maru".)
Tons: 3232, - LPP.: 93 m, - Beam: 13,7 m, Propulsion: Steam engine, - 12 knots.
Sank after hitting a mine in 1944, - salvaged in the 1950'es and renamed "Min Chu 13" until around 1967 when she was renamed "Gong Nong Bing 13.
Scrapped in 1982.
 
 




1972-07-034
"Southward"
(Photography © Karsten Petersen)

Norwegian passenger/RORO  ferry "Southward" photographed off Curacao in 1972.
Launched and commidssioned 1971, - Tons: 16607, - LOA.: 163,4 m, - Beam: 22,8 m, - Propulsion: 2 Diesels, - 21,5 knots
Converted to cruise ship in 1977, - renamed in 1995 "Seawing"
 
 


1973-01-078
"Malaysia Raya"
(Photography © Karsten Petersen)

Passenger/cargo ship "Malaysia Raya" photographed in Singapore in 1973.
Tons: 13520, - DWT.: 5631, - LOA.: 162,1 m, - Beam: 22 m, - Propulsion: 2 Steam Turbines, - 21 Knots
Built and launched in France in 1952, - commissioned 1954 as "Laos", - renamed 1970 ""Empress Abeto", - 1971 "Malaysia Raya", - scrapped 1977.
 
 


1972-08-068
"Centaur"
(Photography © Karsten Petersen)

Another British classic, - the "Centaur" of famous Blue Funnel Line -, photographed in Singapore, 1972

This is one of those combined cargo/passenger ships you sometimes meet, but in case of "Centaur", the passenger section of the ship is unusual large, with plenty of deck space that gives the impression of a real passenger liner. But she is also a cargo ship.
Completed in 1964, - DWT.: 2594 tons, - LOA.: 146,5 m., - Beam: 20,2 m., - Propulsion: 2 Diesels, - 20 Knots.
Renamed "Hai Da" in 1985, - and apparently scrapped in China in 2006.
 
 


1972-08-073
"Sweet Faith"
(Photography © Karsten Petersen)

Commissioned in 1950 as Danish passenger ship "H. P. Prior", - here photographed in Cebu, Philippines, - in 1972.
Tons: 3155, - DWT.: 903, - LOA.: 104,0 m., - Beam: 14,9 m., - Propulsion: 2 Diesels, - 20 Knots
Renamed "Sweet Faith" in 1970,, - and scrapped in Cebu in 1980.
 
 


1973-15-061
"Chung Shan"
Photographed in Hong Kong's West lamma Channel in 1973.
(Photography © Karsten Petersen)

Passenger ferry on the Hong Kong - Macau run, built in Hong Kong in 1950 as "Tai Loy".
DWT.: 150 tons, - LOA.: 58,8 m., - Beam: 11 m., - Propulsion: 3 diesels, - 12,5 knots.
Renamed: "Chung Shan" 1968, - "Hong Xing 801" 1978, - and deleted in 1991.
 


1973-15-060
"Cerco"
Photographed in Hong Kong's West lamma Channel in 1973.
(Photography © Karsten Petersen)

"Cerco" , -hydrofoil for the Hong Kong - Macau run -, built 1972
Tons: 109, - LOA.: 25,2 m., - Beam: 8,4 m., - Propulsion: 2 diesels, - 30 Knots
Renamed:  "Angel  No. 7" in 1981.
 
 
 


1973-15-062
"Flying Dragon"
Photographed in Hong Kong's West lamma Channel in 1973.
(Photography © Karsten Petersen)

"Flying Dragon", -hydrofoil for the Hong Kong - Macau run -, built 1971. Tons: 129
 


1973-17-009
"Flying Sandpiper"
(Photography © Karsten Petersen)

Hydrofoil "Flying Sandpiper" in Hong Kong's Victoria Harbour, - the freighter in the background is the "Nanwu"
Commissioned 1972, DWT.: 65 tons, - LOA.: 28,7 m., - Beam: 10,7 m
 
 


1973-17-009 (2)
"Flying Sandpiper"
(Photography © Karsten Petersen)

A close up of above photo
 


1973-17-089
"Shining Star"
(Photography © Karsten Petersen)

One of the famous "Star" ferries of  The "Star" Ferry Company, Ltd., of Hong Kong.

Built in Hong Kong 1964, - LOA.: About 36 m., - Beam: About 8,6 m., - Net. tonnage: About 39,7 t., - Gross tonnage: About 164 t., - Passengers: 551
 


1973-17-092
"Balsa"
(Photography © Karsten Petersen)

Hydrofoil ferry "Balsa" photographed in Hong Kong.  Built by Hitachi, Japan, in 1971, - Tons: 131
 
 


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)
 
 


1973-18-065
"Balsa"
(Photography © Karsten Petersen)

Hydrofoil ferry "Balsa" photographed in Hong Kong.  Built by Hitachi, Japan, in 1971, - Tons: 131
 
 

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