From left: John Marden, of Wheelock, Marden and Co., shipping tycoon Pao Yue-kong Pao, Tormod Rafgard and William W Y Lee, of World-Wide Shipping, at the Hong Kong Club, in 1979. Photo: SCMP
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Colonial Hong Kong’s ‘creative’ approach to lending to ex-China shipowners

While tycoons cried racism, their ships were breaking the UN embargo on trading with China – and their mainland families were under threat

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From left: John Marden, of Wheelock, Marden and Co., shipping tycoon Pao Yue-kong Pao, Tormod Rafgard and William W Y Lee, of World-Wide Shipping, at the Hong Kong Club, in 1979. Photo: SCMP
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British officers including Cyril Wild (left, carrying the white flag) arrive to surrender Singapore to the Japanese on February 15, 1942.
Jason Wordie
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Spies of Stonecutters Island: the eccentric boffins who ran Hong Kong’s pre-war listening post

Japanese linguist Cyril Wild and Anglo-Irish poet and translator Arthur Cooper helped monitor signal traffic throughout the Pacific from Allied wireless facilities in Hong Kong and Singapore

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British officers including Cyril Wild (left, carrying the white flag) arrive to surrender Singapore to the Japanese on February 15, 1942.
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