THE ROYAL GEOGRAPHICAL SOCIETY HONG KONG presents "Maritime History of Hong Kong" by Dr Stephen Davies on
Monday, 28 January 2008 The Jardine Penthouse, 48/F Jardine House, One Connaught Place Penthouse opens 6.30 pm; Lecture 7.30 pm We are delighted to welcome to speak to the Society, Dr Stephen Davies, Museum Director of Hong Kong Maritime Museum, lecturing on the Maritime History of Hong Kong. The history of Hong Kong shipping is a vast topic, since it's fair to say that at least since the 19th century it has been in microcosm the history of world shipping. Even if many of the epochal moments in history of shipping had their origin elsewhere, not long after their appearance they feature in Hong Kong's maritime story one way or another. Dr Davies first considers Hong Kong's maritime historical role from the earliest days until the 18th century, minor apart from the perennial pirate problem. Dr Davies believes that the usual Hong Kong shipping story tends to leave out a lot, ships not being boats and boats not being ships, but junks being both. Dr Davies tells the real story of the soul of Hong Kong shipping, the junk trade. Dr Davies then illustrates the birth and modest colonial heyday of the Hong Kong shipping industry, 18401941, including how the steam ship arrived, though slowly, and eventually as the motor ship triumphed. The Great Transformation of the Hong Kong shipping industry was 19452000, a period of enormous expansion. The Hong Kong shipping story opened a whole new chapter and everything changed forever. The world of Hong Kong shipping today is a great, mature port needing great maritime museums. Dr Davies' lecture is richly illustrated from the fine collections of the Hong Kong Maritime Museum. Dr Stephen Davies was educated at the Royal Naval College, Dartmouth and the London School of Economics. Following service in the Royal Navy and as a mountaineering and sailing instructor he became a lecturer in political theory and philosophy at the University of Hong Kong from 1973 to 1989. Dr Davies then became a voyager and freelance writer, penning yachting pilots to the Red Sea and Southeast Asia and more than 1,000 articles on maritime topics mainly focused on East and SE Asia. In the process of gathering material, Dr Davies sailed an 11.5m sloop twohanded some 50,000 miles. Dr Davies is now an Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Hong Kong's Centre of Asian Studies, and was appointed Museum Director of Hong Kong's new maritime museum in April 2005. Dr Davies specialist interest is in all aspects of the Maritime History of Hong Kong. Dr Davies most recent publications have dealt with resource management and the law of the sea, the Second World War marine defenses of Hong Kong, the authenticity of replica museum ship models, technical questions in the size and design of the Treasure Ships of Zhenghe, and the Coasian economics of lighthouse provision. This lecture is being held in the fine surroundings of the Jardine Penthouse. Members and their guests are most welcome to attend at HK$50 for Members, HK$100 for Members' guests and $200 for others. The Society regrets that on this occasion we are unable to provide a drinks reception prior to the lecture.