The HMS Calcutta memorial in Hong Kong Cemetery, Happy Valley. Photo: Jason Wordie The HMS Calcutta memorial in Hong Kong Cemetery, Happy Valley. Photo: Jason Wordie
The HMS Calcutta memorial in Hong Kong Cemetery, Happy Valley. Photo: Jason Wordie
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Then & Now by Jason Wordie

Dead from British naval ship that fought in second opium war commemorated in a Hong Kong cemetery

  • Happy Valley memorial honours those who died on board the HMS Calcutta, brought out of mothballs for the second opium war, in four years of Far Eastern service
  • Built in Bombay of Burma teak, the vessel, flagship of Admiral Sir Michael Seymour, after whom Seymour Road in city’s Mid-Levels is named, carried a crew of 720

The HMS Calcutta memorial in Hong Kong Cemetery, Happy Valley. Photo: Jason Wordie The HMS Calcutta memorial in Hong Kong Cemetery, Happy Valley. Photo: Jason Wordie
The HMS Calcutta memorial in Hong Kong Cemetery, Happy Valley. Photo: Jason Wordie
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