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Skyluck 1979

My mom and a lot of my elders were on this ship. I found a ton of vintage photos and had the urge to share them. More to come, if I don't get lazy...


"The Skyluck was a 3,500-ton Panamanian-registered freighter which carried a cargo of 2,700 desperate Chinese and Vietnamese boat people fleeing war-ravaged Vietnam four years after the fall of Saigon. The ship crept into Hong Kong harbour under the cover of darkness on 8 February 1979, but was discovered and ordered to set anchor by the Hong Kong police. Thus, began a 4½ month long stalemate as the refugees waited, in deplorable conditions on the ship, for the Hong Kong government to decide their fate. The event turned into an international humanitarian incident, which was a symbol of a much larger problem: the estimated one million refugees who risked everything to flee Laos, Cambodia, and Vietnam in the aftermath of the Vietnam War."

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Taken on September 1, 1979