Old boat to get new life in dockyard
THEY don't make 'em like they used to. HD1, the oldest vessel in the Marine Department's fleet, is about to be decommissioned after 60 years of service.
However, the old girl will not be forgotten. Assistant Director of Marine, John Shearman plans to moor her at the entrance to the new government dockyard on Stonecutters Island when it opens later this year. The current dockyard in Yau Ma Tei is being lost to the Government's massive West Kowloon reclamation programme.
'We don't know how much of her is original but she still retains a tremendous amount of nostalgia,' Mr Shearman said.
'It would be nice for her to end up in a maritime museum, but for now we want to retire her from service and plan to keep her at the new dockyard.' Throughout her life the timber vessel has patrolled the waters of Hong Kong and is still in active service, although she spends most of her time as a VIP vessel.
The Marine Department is already gearing up for the move to Stonecutters Island from the dockyard, which has been in use since 1971.
The new dockyard, the first phase of which is due for completion on April 23, will have the capacity to service 500 vessels of the government fleet. It will share a basin with HMS Tamar until the Navy leaves in 1997.
Facilities will gradually be transferred to the new basin throughout the summer. The entire project is costing $610 million.
Dockyard workers will share the military ferry service to reach the new site from their old place of work.