1810 Jan 01
, , 1806-1810
According to Pun Yu County record in late, Cheung Po , was the pirate in Southern China coast.
Cheung Po went out fishing with his father when he was around 15 years old, and was captured by Red Flag pirate leader of South China, Cheng Yat, who was descendant of Cheng Shing Kung, the famous sea explorer of Ming dynasty.
Cheng Yat later died in typhoon. His wife promoted Cheung Po as assistant to control the Red Flag pirates.
For his young age, other pirates started calling him Po Tsai. (literally in English, kid Po)
active leadership of Red Flag pirates only lasted between 1806 and 1810.
As a result of fear of revenge by another leader, Kwok Por Dai, of Black Flag pirates, and on the advice by wife of Cheng Yat, he surrendered to Ching Government.
He was given a position of military officer in Ching army, got officially married with wife of Cheng Yat. She later started casino business in Macau.
Cheung Po Tsai used Tung Chung of Lantau Island as repair and maintenance base, and once broke through the blockage set up in Chek Lap Kwok by joint force of Ching and Portuguese navies.
Based on report of 2 East India Company sailors kidnapped by Cheung Po Tsai, he had over 500 boats and around 25,000 pirates under his command at his peak.
Cheung Po Tsai Cave on Cheung Chau
1900 Mar 06
As reported by Hong Kong Colonial Government, Captain Superintendent of, F.H. May, on 6th Mar 1900, at 3:30pm, a launch named Shun Fat left Western Praya of Hong Kong Island heading for Cheung Chau.
When it approached the water near Che Kung Mun Island, 5 robbers emerged from within a group of passengers, ordered the crew to stop the boat, not long after a small boat approached and another gang got on to join robbers on Shun Fat launch.
They then sailed to South West side of Lantau Island to rob 2 other junks.
Eventually, the pirates rob all passengers on Shun Fat of valuables worth $25 Hong Kong Dollars before disappearing into Lantau Island.
Nobody was arrested.
Near West Lamma Channel to Cheung Chau
| Francis Henry May,
Captain Superintendent of ,
1912 Aug 21
Hong KongNew Territories South Assistant , S H Peplow, recorded at mid night of August 21st 1912 , a group of 50 pirates in small boats landed in Cheung Chau near Station.
They went in to kill 3 Indianon duty, ransacked the station and took away HK$3,000 cash from the safe, together with all guns and ammunition.
The pirates went on to rob all shops and residences in neighbourhood.
One or two pirates died and some are also injured.
The piracy shocked Hong Kong and caused Cheung Chau Police Station to move in 1913-1914 to high ground from the shore, at current location in Police Station Path.
Cheung Chau Police Station
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