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Correspondence of Hong Kong Shipping Office, 1937-1954 (with an accession note of 1969)

Reference Code: GBR/0012/MS JM/J15

Scope and Contents

A subject file of the Shipping Department, Jardine Matheson, Hong Kong, regarding the Yangtze river vessels of the Indo-China Steam Navigation Co. Ltd. The file contains copies and some originals of correspondence (including telegrams) between Jardine Matheson, Hankow, Hong Kong and Shanghai; correspondence between Jardine Matheson, Hong Kong, and other correspondents, including Boustead & Co. Ltd (Agents, Indo-China Steam Navigation Co. Ltd), Singapore, H.B.M. Consulate General, Shanghai, Matheson & Co. Ltd, London, and the Registrar of Shipping, Hong Kong; some correspondence of Jardine, Matheson & Co. (India) Ltd and Jardine, Skinner & Co., Owners' Representatives of the Indo-China Steam Navigation Co. Ltd, Bombay, with MacDonald, Hamilton & Co., Sydney, N.S.W., and Mackinnon, Mackenzie & Co., Colombo, Agents, Indo-China Steam Navigation Co. Ltd; and related letters and papers, including the following documents:

1. Specifications of ships.

2. Blueprints of the vessels I.C.N. 21, I.C.N. 31 and 'Paowo'.

3. A black and white photograph of S.S. 'Siangwo' at Shasze, Middle Yangtsze River, 10 August 1937 (two copies and a negative).

4. 'Report on departure of H.M.S. Kungwo from Singapore, Subsequent loss through Enemy Action and Log of Events to Date' by the Commanding Officer of the 'Kungwo', 1 March 1942.

5. 'The Naval History of the H. M. S. Pingwo' by R.I. Groundwater, 1946, 5 pages.

6. Tables stating the position of the Yangtsze River Craft at 1 August 1946.

7. A black and white photograph of S.S. 'Pingwo', 1947.

The file is divided into the following sections: Yangtze Craft General, S.S. 'Fuhwo', Hulk 'Han Chuan', S.S. 'Hsin Chang Wo', S.S. 'Kungwo', S.S. 'Kutwo', S.S. 'Liwo', S.S. 'Minwo', S.S. 'Paowo', S.S. 'Pingwo', Hulk 'Siangtan', S.S. 'Siangwo', S.S. 'Tungwo' and Hulk 'Wuhan'.

The folder is labelled on the front cover 'Yangtze River Vessels MS.130 1942 - 1954', 'C5-A' and 'Handed by Mr To. Jan. 69'.


  • 1937-1954 (with an accession note of 1969)

Conditions Governing Access

Access to the collection is subject to special conditions and is at the discretion of Matheson & Co. Ltd, part of the Jardine Matheson Group. A statement of the conditions and an application form are available in the Manuscripts Reading Room. Printed copies of the form are available by post (please contact the University Library). An electronic version can also be found at

Records described in the catalogue as being in a bad condition are in a fragile state that precludes them being made available to readers.

Access to some records may be restricted under the terms of the Data Protection Act, 1998.


1 folder(s) (1 folder)

Language of Materials


Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

Fine condition, but the original string binding has been replaced with treasury tags.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Received from Matheson & Co. Ltd, London, 20 September 2016.


Repository Details

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