Hong Kong Passenger Lists 1926

View of Hong Kong Harbor in 1919.

View of Hong Kong Harbor in 1919. GGA Image ID # 17180da4ee

Passenger Lists available from the GG Archives from the Port of Hong Kong. Organized by Date of Departure, Steamship Line, Steamship or Ocean Liner, Class of Passengers, Route, and the Ship's Captain.

Hong Kong is situated in latitude 22 degrees 14 minutes north, longitude 114 degrees 10 minutes east. The total civil population, estimated in 1916, was 529,010, consisting of 13,390 non-Chinese and 515,620 Chinese. Properly speaking, the name of Hong Kong is used in connection with the island of that name, the seaport being Victoria; in maritime circles, however, the word Victoria is seldom used, and the name of the island is usually applied to the town of Victoria itself.

Front Cover of a Cabin Class Passenger List from the SS President Van Buren of the Dollar Steamship Line, Departing 30 September 1926 from New York to Shanghai

1926-09-30 SS President Van Buren Passenger List

  • Steamship Line: Dollar Steamship Line
  • Class of Passengers: Cabin Class
  • Date of Departure: 30 September 1926
  • Route: New York to Marseilles via Havana, Cristobal, Balbao, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Honolulu, Kobe, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Manilla, Singapore, Penang, Colombo, Port Said and Alexandria
  • Commander: Captain M. Ridley


The island is situated off the coast of the Kwangtung Province of South China, near the mouth of the Canton River, and is 90 miles from Canton, and about 40 miles from the Portuguese colony of Macao, on the mainland of China. The hot season begins in May and continues until October. The winter months are cool and dry.

The Island of Hong Kong has been in possession of the British since 1840, and in the comparatively brief period which has elapsed since that date, it has risen to the importance of being the chief seaport in the Orient, and only a year or two ago, from the point of tonnage passing through the pert, was the chief port of the world. It is aptly described as the “Charing Cross” of the Orient. It is a British Crown colony and has a governor and legislative body administering its affairs. The currency is in bank notes, government dollars, and subsidiary coinage of various denominations.

The harbor at Hong Kong is one of the finest in the world, situated as it is quite close to the Kowloon Peninsula, the high hills of the island itself on the one side and the hills of the mainland on the other, in conjunction with the shelter afforded by the many bays, both on the mainland and on the island, make it an ideal place for the loading and discharging of craft of all descriptions.

In its early history the governors of the island decided that its close proximity to the mainland rendered it unsafe for British interests, and a treaty was subsequently arranged with China, whereby Great Britain obtained a 99-year lease of a large portion of the mainland opposite the island, by this means securing additional protection against possible depredations of marauding tribes, which even the Mandarin government in China could not subdue.

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