Saturday, December 27, 2014

"Duk Ling" Raised in the Typhoon Shelter (2)

Another view of "Duk Ling",  now with patches on her bow, after being raised from the bottom of the Typhoon Shelter.  Until April, she was serving as the Hong Kong Tourism Board's "Icon of Hong Kong".

Friday, December 26, 2014

Duk Ling raised in the Typhoon Shelter

Chinese Sailing Junk "Duk Ling" raised today from the bottom of the Aberdeen Typhoon Shelter, where she sank at her moorings in September. Said to have been built in 1955, the "Duk Ling" only a few months ago romantically cruised Hong Kong's Victoria Harbour under her distinctive red sails as the last of the authentic Sailing Junks and a present day reminder of Hong Kong's past.

Monday, December 22, 2014

Winter Solstice in the Typhoon Shelter

Home to the Typhoon Shelter on the shortest day of the year, in time to see the sunset.  The Winter Solstice Festival is an important night in Hong Kong for family reunions.

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Fire in the Typhoon Shelter

Fire in the Aberdeen Typhoon Shelter, Hong Kong

An explosion aboard a boat about 10:30 Tuesday night, August 25, quickly led to a huge fire that burned both it and spread to another boat moored along side. Many brave people who live and work in the Typhoon Shelter rescued those close by , moved them to safety, and fought the fire to prevent it from spreading further. The Marine Department's Fire Boat and Hong Kong Fire Department Pumpers responded, and while they could not save the two burning boats, were able to contain the flames so that no other boats had serious damage. Our boat, Watermark was unharmed. No one was injured.

Photo by Samantha Butler, RTHK News

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Anchor Watch in the Typhoon Shelter

On a ship, the "Anchor Watch" are the crew assigned to check that everything is ok and the ship is safely moored and not drifting. On Watermark, "Anchor Watch" is the time of day to just sit on the bow deck together, sip a cool drink, and have nothing more important to do than just enjoy watching the sun go down...

Home to the Typhoon Shelter from Travels

Enjoying the weekend being home in Hong Kong. Last week at this time, Cambodia. Next week at this time, Dhaka, Bangladesh...

Hong Kong Observatory - "Wind Gusts to 70kph may affect Hong Kong"

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Boatyard - Raising Watermark

Entering the boatyard, Watermark is completely in his hands, as she is slowly drawn up the ram and raised clear of the water.

Emergency Landing at the Boat Yard for Watermark

At 2am the Bilge Alarm sounded and seawater began flooding into Watermark's engine room.  I stayed awake throughout the night running the pumps.  In the morning, we made a dash to the boatyard.  Once Watermark was raised out of the water and her hull could be checked below the waterline,  the leak was quickly repaired.  We were happily back at our mooring within a few hours, with no damage done.

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Everything in its place in the Typhoon Shelter

Everything in its place onboard this sampan. Sampans are the small open boats that shuttle us from ship to shore in the Typhoon Shelter. Some are ancient, collectors of ropes and lines, nets and salvaged items of every description. A very few are models of nautical organization, working office and home of the pilots who spend most of their days and nights ferrying their passengers anywhere and everywhere in the Harbour, Aberdeen Typhoon Shelter, Hong Kong Island.

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Journey of the Jellyfish (continued 2)

Photographed from the deck of Watermark.

If you look closely, you can see the small fish that stay close to the protection of the "Death Star" as protection from larger predators.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Fashion comes to the Typhoon Shelter

Photos by Joanna Hughes.
A photo crew doing a shoot in the small alley ways between the machine shops on the banks of the Typhoon Shelter