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Boat Field Trip on the Iconic Wayfoong Steam Launch with lunch and hike on Po Toi Island

Sunday, 26 Nov 2023
10:00 am - 6.00 pm
Stanley , Po Toi Island

The RGS is pleased to offer a Boat Field Trip on Hong Kong’s most famous steam launch, Wayfoong, around the South Side of Hong Kong Island.  Following the cruise, the launch cruises to stop at Po Toi Island for 3-4 hours.  At Po Toi, there is lunch pre-booked at the famous Ming Kee Seafood Restaurant, followed by visits to the local village and temple.  More intrepid guests may instead hike right around Po Toi Island.

ayfoong was built as a steam launch in Hong Kong in 1930 and as a slightly altered replica of her eponymous 1898 predecessor.  Commissioned as a working launch by HSBC, she steamed between Hong Kong, Kowloon and the outlying islands carrying staff and bank notes to bank branches.

After disappearing during the Second World War, she was recovered in Canton in 1945, stripped of much of her planking, and in need of a complete refit.  In 1948, she resumed her commission, carrying gold and silver bullion to and from ships anchored in Victoria Harbour, transporting currency to Hong Kong’s outer islands and transferring bank executives to ships moored in the harbour.  

Having given more than 70 years of faithful service to HSBC, Wayfoong is now owned by a Hong Kong-based family.  Her new owners have completely restored the vessel, including an expansion the aft area, offering more seating for guests. 

Meet at Stanley at 10:00 am 
Return to Stanley by 5:30pm 

$980 for Members and $1,080 for Members' guests, including free-flow drinks and wines on board Wayfoong.  Ming Kee Seafood Restaurant is pre-booked by RGS-HK and self-paid by attendees.

Please register by clicking the link above. Please email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you wish to book more than 4 places. Detailed joining instructions are sent out before the event.

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