Hong Kong is a small island off the coast of South China. It’s northern shore is separated from the mainland by a sheltered stretch of water known as Hong Kong Harbour. The Star Ferry which crosses the harbour has been in operation since the late 1880s and their green and white steamers are now famous throughout the world. No trip to Hong Kong would be complete without a ride across the harbour – top deck or bottom deck the choice is yours.
At the turn of the 19th./20th. centuries the harbour was also the home of boat people in their junks, wallah wallahs and sampans.
When typhoons roared across the South China Sea the boat people were at peril and during the worst of storms the typhoon shelters were of little use. Hundreds if not thousands would perish in the waters.
The Hong Kong Water Police formed an essential part of the HK Police Force and the story of one its members, Sergeant George BOOLE, who served from 1900 to 1911 can be found by following the link below to my Hong Kong Police Ancestors Blog: