South China Morning Post photographers have raced to capture Hong Kong's defining moments in the years since the newspaper hit the streets. In this, the publication's centenary year, our researchers are trawling the archives to illustrate a forthcoming book celebrating 100 years of history as seen through the camera lens. Post Magazine provides a preview of some of the most spectacular images. January 25, 1972: A fisherman enjoys the unlikely company of the ferry Tai Shan, beached on the rocky northwest coast of Cheung Chau. The ferry, newly launched on the Hong Kong-Macau route, sailed into trouble at about midnight as it inched its way through thick fog into the West Lamma Channel. Visibility was so limited the captain caught only a glimpse of a beacon before losing his course. None of the 500 passengers on board, among them the well-known Japanese actor Shintaro Katsu, was injured. Katsu joked about the accident after his rescue, saying the weather had been so bad he could not see beyond his nose. The Tai Shan, owned by Stanley Ho Hung-sun's Shun Tak Shipping Company, was dragged off the rocks the same day and sailed to Taikoo docks for repair. It suffered only minor damage to its bow and returned to service a few days later.