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Hms Tamar

Jenny ran a shipshape 'side party'

She was formally known as Ng Muk-kah, but no one ever called her that. With black trousers, white smock and hair in a bun, 'Jenny' was a fixture on the Tamar jetty for decades, where she ran Jenny's 'side party'.

Sunday, 5 April, 2009, 12:00am

Quiz Answers

These are the answers to the Christmas Family Quiz we published yesterday. If you missed it, just go online to www.scmp.com, where the whole quiz, and these answers, are available free as PDF pages.


1 Paper

2 The minnow family of fish, Cyprinidae

3 Five

4 The astrolabe

26 Dec 2007 - 12:00am

DAB mulls new site for PLA garrison

Party may seek a relocation if plan for government HQ at Tamar is dropped

A pro-government party yesterday said it would consider proposing that Beijing relocate the headquarters of the PLA's Hong Kong garrison if officials dropped the idea of building new government offices on the Tamar site.

23 Sep 2005 - 12:00am

Horse shoe

A 57-year-old man was treated at Queen Mary Hospital after a horse stood on his foot while he was watching a show at the Tamar waterfront site in Wan Chai.

28 Dec 1998 - 12:00am

Tickets ballot for Tamar ceremony

Tickets for the HMS Tamar ceremony are to be allocated by a computer-operated telephone ballot system. A hotline is expected to be set up at the end of next week. Between 3,000 and 4,000 seats have been set aside for the public, but tickets are expected to be limited to two per person.

3 Jun 1997 - 12:00am

Navy's Asian last hurrah flags end of empire

Old salts shed a tear yesterday as the Royal Navy closed its last base in the Far East.

The White Ensign was lowered at HMS Tamar 100 years to the day after a ship bearing that name first arrived in Hong Kong.

Eight bells - signalling the end of a long watch - rang out as hundreds of white-uniformed sailors stood to attention in the midday sun.

12 Apr 1997 - 12:00am

Navy catches up with the news - from 95 years ago

The Royal Navy dug up old dirt yesterday when a time capsule buried in 1902 was unearthed.

No one was sure what had been put in the lead box or what state it would be in as Janet Melson, wife of the Senior Naval Officer in Hong Kong, Commodore Peter Melson, picked up the same solid silver trowel used to bury the capsule exactly 95 years ago.

16 Jan 1997 - 12:00am

Laundry workers to be left in port

The 60-year-old tradition of Hong Kong laundrymen working for the Royal Navy is to end after the handover because of possible vetting problems.

About 100 laundrymen from the territory, employed through six contractors, are working in 50 ships.

The Royal Navy has decided to award five-year contracts through open tender in Britain.

12 Aug 1996 - 12:00am

God beats orderly retreat from garrison

GOD will be making his own tactical withdrawal from the Prince of Wales Barracks in Central before the People's Liberation Army moves in.

The Holy Trinity Chapel at the British garrison's headquarters will be stripped bare following a final service and all its fittings - including the stained glass windows - will be spirited back to Britain.

25 Feb 1996 - 12:00am

Tamar favoured site for Patten to exit by water

PLANS for a midnight spectacular to mark the handover of sovereignty have been drawn up by an internal government committee, sources said.

An expert meeting of the Joint Liaison Group will pass the plans to the Chinese side for their approval in the next few weeks.

The event is to take place on the former HMS Tamar basin in Central.

15 Oct 1995 - 12:00am

Oriental treat for veterans

CHINESE and British traditions overlapped for hundreds of war veterans and their families yesterday when dragon and lion dances preceded beating retreat at Stonecutters Island.

31 Aug 1995 - 12:00am

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.

17 Feb 1995 - 12:00am

Navy basin hosts last ship

THE former Royal Navy basin at the Prince of Wales barracks in Central hosts its last visitor today before it is filled in as part of the Wan Chai reclamation.

The privilege of being the last ship to dock inside the basin will go to the Australian destroyer HMAS Brisbane.

8 Oct 1994 - 12:00am

Karaoke bar plans for PLA Navy base

PRIVILEGED members of the People's Liberation Army's Navy (PLAN) will be able to let their hair down at a karaoke bar to be built on their controversial new military base on Stonecutters Island.

Termed a ''singing performance room'', it will take pride of place in the new development to be built over the next three years. But it will only be open to the chosen few.

17 Jul 1994 - 12:00am

No captain at the helm

FOR the first time in 153 years, the Royal Navy is without an official captain-in-charge of HMS Tamar.

The post was vacated yesterday morning after a short but ceremonial sendoff for the last of the rank to serve in the territory - Captain Tom Sunter.

5 Jul 1994 - 12:00am