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The Star Ferry's ferry crossing at Victoria Harbour is an important commuter system between Hong Kong Island and Kowloon. The ferry ride is also well known as one of the world’s best sightseeing trips.
The Star Ferry began in 1880, when Dorabjee Naorojee Mithaiwala, a Parsee cook, started a ferry service across Victoria Harbour with his steamboat, the Morning Star. The service was known as the Kowloon Ferry Company. By 1890, the Kowloon Ferry boasted four single-deck Star Ferries. Later on, the ferries acquired a second deck.
Then, Sir Catchick Paul Chater bought all the boats and in 1898, the Star Ferry Company became a public company. Its name derives from the ferries, which all bore the name “Star”.
The Company celebrated its centenary in 1998. Its fleet of 9 ferries is now serving two franchised ferry routes between Tsimshatsui and Central,Tsimshatsui and Wanchai. In addition, Star Ferry launched the only licensed harbour tour (Harbour Tour) in Hong Kong in 2003. The one-hour journey starts in Tsimshatsui and goes on to Central and Wanchai before returning to Tsimshatsui, allowing visitors to take in a variety of harbour views at leisure.
Starting from 12 November 2006, due to the pier relocation for Central Reclamation Phase III, Star Ferry continues its services at the Central Star Ferry Pier No. 7. The Central Star Ferry Pier with its elegant clock tower is the re-creation of a distinctive building, reinforcing the history and character of the Star Ferry as an important landmark at the new waterfront in Central.