The Jumbo Kingdom, one of Hong Kong’s most iconic maritime landmarks, has sunk in the South China Sea.

For five decades the vessel, more commonly known as the Jumbo floating restaurant, lay at its moorings in the city’s Aberdeen Harbour enticing diners to mount its gangway to sample some of the finest Chinese cuisine on offer.

The Jumbo Kingdom (built 1976) counted royalty, politicians, movie stars and other members of the rich and famous club among its patrons during its heyday.