Model of HEIC Warship Nemesis

Model of HEIC Warship Nemesis

The Nemesis was built in Liverpool between 1835 and 1840 for the British East India Company. The 660-ton warship was armed with two 32 pounder and four 6 pounder guns, and could carry a crew of 90. After her commissioning in March 1840, she took part in a number of actions in the First Opium War.

Accession No.: RP
Length: 95 cm
Width: 21 cm
Height: 42 cm



Opium pipe

Accession No.: E96.197.1-2
Length: 55 cm
Diameter: 2.5 cm

Opium lamp

Accession No.: E96.202
Length: 18.7 cm
Diameter: 9.3 cm

The picture shows opium smoking paraphernalia including opium pipe, opium lamp, opium porcelain dispensers, and ladle used in the preparation of opium.

Gate Emblem of HMS Tamar

This emblem, one of two, was originally mounted on the entrance gate to HMS Tamar at the Prince of Wales Barracks in Central, Headquarters of the British Forces, Hong    Kong.                     

 Accession No.: E97.984
 Length: 94 cm
 Width: 67 cm


6 inch armour-piercing capped shell

6 inch armour-piercing capped shell, 1920s

This shell was unearthed from the construction site of the Museum of Coastal Defence in October 1997. It was probably an ammunition of one of the 6 inch disappearing guns in the Redoubt of the former Lyemun Fort.

Accession No.: E98.284
Length: 54.5 cm
Diameter: 15 cm


Remarks: Air raid warden badge

Air raid warden badge

The Hong Kong government began recruiting air raid wardens in 1940 as part of its preparations for war. Their duties included leading members of the public to safety during air raids and providing first aid to those in need.

Accession No.: E81.90
Diameter: 5cm



Lance-Bombardier Herbert Rathbone's medal group

Lance-Bombardier Herbert Rathbone's medal group

This group of medal includes 1939-45 Star, Pacific Star, Defence Medal and War Medal. Rathbone was a member of the Royal Artillery and had participated in the Battle for Hong Kong.

Accession No.: E96.224-228
Length: each 9 cm
Width: each 3.8-4 cm


British Comet Mark I Tank

British Comet Mark I Tank

The Comet was the last medium tank produced for the British Army during the Second World War; it appeared in combat in early 1945. The maximum armour thickness is 10cm. It had a crew of five and a combat loaded weight of 33,225 kg. The turret has vertical sides and mounts a 77mm gun. Auxiliary armament consists of two 7.92mm machine guns. A few Comet tanks were brought to Hong Kong during and after the Korean War (1950-53). Only one was retained by the British Army and was displayed in the Shek Kong Barracks until 1995 when it was transferred to the Museum.

Accession No.: E96.223
Length: 9 metres
Width: 3.1metres
Height: 2.6 metres