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- the Star Ferry Company Ltd.-

The "Star Ferry Company", - as we know it today -, goes back to 1898 when it acquired it's present name, - but it actually started in 1888 as the "Kowloon Ferry Company", but goes even further back when ferry service across the water from Kowloon to Hong Kong Island, was done by small boats and sampans.  The "Star Ferry" still operates the same route, with a number of small ferries starting from the tip of Tsim Sha Tsui direct to Hong Kong Island's Central District, with a branch serving the route between Tsim Sha Tsui and Wanchai.
This short ferry ride between Tsim Sha Tsui and Central has over the years been rated as the "most exiting ferry ride in the World" and as such it also ranks high on those lists of "best things to see and do" in Hong Kong as well as in the rest of the World.
Two of the ferries are "new" from 1989, but the remaining 10 are all built between 1956 and 1965, - and still going strong.
The old ferries are built by Hong Kong & Whampoa Shipyard and the two new ones by Wang Tak Engineering & Shipbuilding Ltd.
A "Star" ferry data is typical: LOA.: 36 m., - Beam: 8 b, - Net. Tonnage: 39,7, - Gross Tonnage: 164, - Passengers: 576, - Propulsion: Diesel-electric.
It is quite amazing, that those ferries I sailed on when first coming to Hong Kong in the late sixties, are exactly the same as I use here in 2012!

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"Solar Star"
1958
 


2012-02-18.010
"Solar Star" leaving Central Pier, - while "Night Star approaches.
Photographed in Hong Kong 2012
(Photography © Karsten Petersen)
 
 


2012-02-18.009
"Solar Star" at Central Pier
Photographed in Hong Kong 2012
(Photography © Karsten Petersen)
 
 
 


2012-02-18.064
"Solar Star" , - a view into the engine room.
Photographed in Hong Kong 2012
(Photography © Karsten Petersen)
 
 
 


2012-02-18.065
"Solar Star" , - a view of the lower passenger deck.
Photographed in Hong Kong 2012
(Photography © Karsten Petersen)
 
 
 


2012-02-18.067
"Solar Star" , - a view of the lower passenger deck.
Photographed in Hong Kong 2012
(Photography © Karsten Petersen)
 
 
 


2012-02-18.068
"Solar Star" , - approaching Tsim Sha Tsui.
Photographed in Hong Kong 2012
(Photography © Karsten Petersen)
 
 
 


2012-02-18.077
"Solar Star" , - moored at the Tsim Sha Tsui Pier.
Photographed in Hong Kong 2012
(Photography © Karsten Petersen)
 
 
 


2012-02-23.011
"Solar Star"
Photographed in Hong Kong 2012
(Photography © Karsten Petersen)
 
 
 


2012-03-11.025
"Solar Star"
Photographed in Hong Kong 2012
(Photography © Karsten Petersen)
 
 


2012-03-11.026
"Solar Star"
Photographed in Hong Kong 2012
(Photography © Karsten Petersen)
 
 


2012-03-12.078
"Solar Star"
At the Tsim Sha Tsui Pier, - and "Northern Star" behind.
Photographed in Hong Kong 2012
(Photography © Karsten Petersen)
 

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"Northern Star"
1959


2012-02-18.058
"Northern Star"
Maneuvering at Central Pier, 2012
(Photography © Karsten Petersen)
 
 


2012-02-18.060
"Northern Star"
Maneuvering at Central Pier, 2012
(Photography © Karsten Petersen)
 
 


2012-02-18.062
"Northern Star"
Photographed along Central Pier, 2012
(Photography © Karsten Petersen)
 


2012-02-19.014
"Northern Star"
Photographed at Central Pier, 2012
(Photography © Karsten Petersen)
 
 
 


2012-02-19.126
"Northern Star"
Photographed in Hong Kong, 2012
(Photography © Karsten Petersen)
 
 


2012-02-19.127
"Northern Star"
Photographed in Hong Kong, 2012
(Photography © Karsten Petersen)
 
 


2012-02-22.038
"Northern Star"
Photographed in Hong Kong, 2012
(Photography © Karsten Petersen)
 
 
 


2012-03-11.029
"Northern Star"
Along the Tsim Sha Tsui Pier, 2012
(Photography © Karsten Petersen)
 
 


2012-03-11.033
"Northern Star"
Photographed in Hong Kong, 2012
(Photography © Karsten Petersen)
 
 


2012-03-11.034
"Northern Star"
Photographed in Hong Kong, 2012
(Photography © Karsten Petersen)
 
 


2012-03-12.082
"Northern Star"
At the Tsim Sha Tsui Pier, 2012
(Photography © Karsten Petersen)
 
 


2012-03-12.096
"Northern Star"
- dwarfed by passing cruise ship "Amsterdam", 2012
(Photography © Karsten Petersen)
 
 


2012-03-14.004
"Northern Star"
Photographed at Tsim Sha Tsui Pier with "Solar Star" behind, 2012
(Photography © Karsten Petersen)
 
 
 

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Page initiated: Oct.14. 2012
Page updated:  Oct. 17. 2012