The Star Ferry operates on a franchise from the Government. It was last renewed in March 1998, the year of its centenary. (John Lehmann/The Globe and Mail)

The Star Ferry operates on a franchise from the Government. It was last renewed in March 1998, the year of its centenary. (John Lehmann/The Globe and Mail)

 In 1966, a fare increase of 5 cents (or 25%) of the ferry was a political milestone, as it caused a 27-year-old student to go on hunger strike in protest at the Edinburgh Place terminal. (John Lehmann/The Globe and Mail)

In 1966, a fare increase of 5 cents (or 25%) of the ferry was a political milestone, as it caused a 27-year-old student to go on hunger strike in protest at the Edinburgh Place terminal. (John Lehmann/The Globe and Mail)

 The company was founded by Parsee merchant Dorabjee Naorojee Mithaiwala as the "Kowloon Ferry Company" in 1888. Naorojee bought Smith's boat, and later acquired the steam vessels Morning Star and Evening Star from a Mr Buxoo. (John Lehmann/The Globe and Mail)

The company was founded by Parsee merchant Dorabjee Naorojee Mithaiwala as the "Kowloon Ferry Company" in 1888. Naorojee bought Smith's boat, and later acquired the steam vessels Morning Star and Evening Star from a Mr Buxoo. (John Lehmann/The Globe and Mail)

 Since the Central Star Ferry Pier was moved from its old pier next to City Hall to the new location outside International Finance Centre, passenger numbers have fallen drastically to mainly tourists and a small number of commuters. This has meant the Star Ferry company has lost many millions of dollars since the relocation. (John Lehmann/The Globe and Mail)

Since the Central Star Ferry Pier was moved from its old pier next to City Hall to the new location outside International Finance Centre, passenger numbers have fallen drastically to mainly tourists and a small number of commuters. This has meant the Star Ferry company has lost many millions of dollars since the relocation. (John Lehmann/The Globe and Mail)

 The Hong Kong Star ferry. (John Lehmann/The Globe and Mail)

The Hong Kong Star ferry. (John Lehmann/The Globe and Mail)

 The Hong Kong Star ferry. (John Lehmann/The Globe and Mail)

The Hong Kong Star ferry. (John Lehmann/The Globe and Mail)

 The Hong Kong Star ferry. (John Lehmann/The Globe and Mail)

The Hong Kong Star ferry. (John Lehmann/The Globe and Mail)

 The Hong Kong Star ferry. (John Lehmann/The Globe and Mail)

The Hong Kong Star ferry. (John Lehmann/The Globe and Mail)

 The Hong Kong Star ferry. (John Lehmann/The Globe and Mail)

The Hong Kong Star ferry. (John Lehmann/The Globe and Mail)

 The Hong Kong Star ferry. (John Lehmann/The Globe and Mail)

The Hong Kong Star ferry. (John Lehmann/The Globe and Mail)

 The Hong Kong Star ferry. (John Lehmann/The Globe and Mail)

The Hong Kong Star ferry. (John Lehmann/The Globe and Mail)

 The Hong Kong Star ferry. (John Lehmann/The Globe and Mail)

The Hong Kong Star ferry. (John Lehmann/The Globe and Mail)

 The Hong Kong Star ferry. (John Lehmann/The Globe and Mail)

The Hong Kong Star ferry. (John Lehmann/The Globe and Mail)

 The Hong Kong Star ferry. (John Lehmann/The Globe and Mail)

The Hong Kong Star ferry. (John Lehmann/The Globe and Mail)