University of Bristol - Historical Photographs of China reference number: Wr-s095. This photograph was most probably taken after executions of prisoners, including pirates, on either 17 April or 11 May 1891, at Kowloon, Hong Kong. Some of the pirates executed by the Chinese authorities on those occasions were the men who had seized the steamer 'Namoa' on 10 December 1891 as it steamed from Hong Kong. The pirates killed the captain, one crew member and one passenger, a Chinese Customs lightkeeper, and plundered the ship. See DH-s138, Pe01-004 and Os03-047.
Pirates and other prisoners beheaded on Kowloon Beach, Hong Kong, 1891, with onlookers
Black and white photograph