[Photo.22/(003)] Steamer, ashore after Typhoon

Bow view of the beached paddle steamer ‘Alaska’ after the Hong Kong Typhoon of 1874. Pencilled note on the reverse reads: ‘A vessel of 4000 tons. She had been taken round to Aberdeen to be docked on the night of typhoon. She broke from her buoy and was driven ashore, not however sustaining much damage. Vessel on the right is a Chinese junk. Hundreds of these were lost during the storm and the loss of life was fearful. The ‘Alaska’ was floated after being ashore about 2 months.’ -1874. Hong Kong Typhoon.

By Lai Afong.