One of the Royal Navy's longest-serving supporters intends to quit when Chinese warships replace British ships at the handover. Jenny Ng Muk-kam, better known as Jenny Side Party, said yesterday she would retire when the British left as she was too old to start cleaning Chinese warships. Born 80 years ago in a sampan in Causeway Bay, she started working as a girl with her mother in 1928, paddling to visiting ships to scrub off barnacles, seaweed and other muck before repainting the hulls. Later she took control of the 'side party' and was awarded a long-service medal and a British Empire Medal in recognition of her work, which included sprucing up the Royal Yacht Britannia. The ships never paid Ms Ng and her colleagues, although she collected scrap and was allowed to sell soft drinks on board. 'It's very hard work,' she said. 'But women would do the job better than men.' Ms Ng was one of those immortalised in print yesterday with the launch of a book about the Royal Navy's 156-year history in Hong Kong. Senior Naval Officer Commodore Peter Melson edited White Ensign - Red Dragon, being sold to raise money for the Locally Enlisted Personnel Trust, which will provide welfare grants to Hong Kong-Chinese ex-servicemen. The launch raised about $100,000 for the trust, mostly from sales of books signed by Governor Chris Patten, Commodore Melson and the First Sea Lord, Admiral Sir Jock Slater. Sir Jock met Ms Ng when he visited Hong Kong as a junior officer. 'I remember vividly coming alongside the jetty that is now covered in concrete and I remember Jenny and Susie [a member of the side party] coming on board to do their work,' he said. 'It became a tradition for the party to help the first lieutenant to paint the sides. They were very efficient.'