Stephen Davies

Stephen Davies

Stephen Davies has been in Hong Kong on and off since 1947. He served in the British Royal Navy and Royal Marines, taught at the University of Hong Kong and from 1990, with his partner Elaine Morgan, spent 15 years sailing 50,000 miles in a 38-foot yacht, working as a yachting journalist and pilot book writer to keep the ship in shackles. In 2005, he returned to full-time work, opening and running the Hong Kong Maritime Museum, in Stanley. In 2013, he returned to HKU, where he researches Hong Kong’s maritime past.

Latest from Stephen Davies

How Briton sailed a junk single-handed from Hong Kong to US, three years before the Japanese sailor credited with solo record

Japanese sailor Kenichi Horie is regarded as being the first person to sail solo across the North Pacific from west to east, in 1962, but credit should arguably go to Brian Platt, a Hong Kong-born Briton who made the journey in 1959

Japanese sailor Kenichi Horie is regarded as being the first person to sail solo across the North Pacific from west to east, in 1962, but credit should arguably go to Brian Platt, a Hong Kong-born Briton who made the journey in 1959

How Briton sailed a junk single-handed from Hong Kong to US, three years before the Japanese sailor credited with solo record
4 Sep 2017 - 10:56AM
The Hong Kong-built junk that was once Ripley’s, believe it or not

How stories about the Mon Lei, which served several owners in its lifetime, including Robert Ripley of Ripley’s Believe It or Not! fame, took on a life of their own

How stories about the Mon Lei, which served several owners in its lifetime, including Robert Ripley of Ripley’s Believe It or Not! fame, took on a life of their own

The Hong Kong-built junk that was once Ripley’s, believe it or not
3 Jul 2017 - 12:11PM
Humble Hong Kong copper bolt that’s a key to naval history

What links a bolt hammered into a granite block in 1866 to the fight against the slave trade, an eminent naval architect and height measurements for every high point and high-rise in Hong Kong?

What links a bolt hammered into a granite block in 1866 to the fight against the slave trade, an eminent naval architect and height measurements for every high point and high-rise in Hong Kong?

Humble Hong Kong copper bolt that’s a key to naval history
20 Jul 2018 - 8:46PM
HMS Tamar and the six degrees of separation

Ahead of news that a new Royal Navy ship is to be called HMS Tamar, we take a look at the other ships that bore that name and what they meant to Hong Kong

Ahead of news that a new Royal Navy ship is to be called HMS Tamar, we take a look at the other ships that bore that name and what they meant to Hong Kong

HMS Tamar and the six degrees of separation
27 Jan 2017 - 5:33PM
What street names say about Hong Kong’s maritime past

Colonial bias has left much of the city’s Chinese maritime history off the map, a historian writes

Colonial bias has left much of the city’s Chinese maritime history off the map, a historian writes

What street names say about Hong Kong’s maritime past
22 Sep 2016 - 3:16PM
All about the ship that gave Hong Kong’s Tamar complex its name

It’s surprising how much people get wrong about HMS Tamar, the British naval ship that was anchored in Victoria Harbour for 44 years and after which the onshore depot, now site of government HQ, was named

It’s surprising how much people get wrong about HMS Tamar, the British naval ship that was anchored in Victoria Harbour for 44 years and after which the onshore depot, now site of government HQ, was named

All about the ship that gave Hong Kong’s Tamar complex its name
19 Sep 2018 - 5:07PM