Hong Kong 1946 – Star Ferry Pier at Tsim Sha Tsui

This is a photo of the Tsim Sha Tsui Star Ferry terminus – looking towards what is now the Ocean Terminal. The ship in the background is a bit of a give-away….it’s exactly where the passenger cruise ship come in to this day. In the far background are Stonecutters Island and Lantau…..

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Hong Kong 1946 - Star Ferry TST

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2 thoughts on “Hong Kong 1946 – Star Ferry Pier at Tsim Sha Tsui

  1. The bus terminus at the Star Ferry pier has not changed too much even up to the present time. Looking at the centre of the picture, one can count at least four old-fashioned KMB buses, constructed basically from lorries, with canvas tops and wooden steps at the rear for access. There were two seats at the cab next to the driver…..I remember, as kids, we used to fight over the seats as they were more comfortable and had good view of where the bus was going. Of course, seat belts were unheard of in those days.

  2. In order to give a fuller explanation of the lorries being used as buses, I have taken the liberty to extract part of KMB’s history from their website …..
    “On 13 April 1933, Mr Tang Shiu-kin, William Louey Sui Tak, Lui Leung, Tam Woon Tong and Lam Ming Fan established The Kowloon Motor Bus Company (1933) Limited (KMB), which was granted the right to operate franchised bus services in Kowloon and the New Territories. There were 106 small single deck buses in the embryonic KMB bus fleet, offering two classes of seats, namely first class (with cushion) and second class (without cushion) wooden seats.
    By the time of the Japanese occupation in December 1941, KMB had 140 buses operating on 17 routes. With its buses requisitioned by the occupying force, KMB operations came to a virtual standstill, with just 2 routes still running in 1944. By February 1946, in order to resume full service to the community as soon as possible, KMB converted some second-hand military trucks to carry passengers. At the same time, the class seating was abolished.
    After the war, the population of Hong Kong soared. To handle the increased demand for its services, KMB supplemented its fleet with 20 Daimler A buses from England, becoming in the process the first bus company to introduce double-deckers to Hong Kong.

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