BAAG Naval Section Intelligence Summary, March 1943, ship repair, maintenance and movements

Elizabeth Ride has sent the Naval section of a British Army Aid Group (BAAG) Waichow Intelligence Summary (WIS No.25) dated 27th March 1943. This covers shipping movements in and out of Hong Kong during the Japanese occupation in World War Two during February/March 1943.

The reports also describe time spent by vessels undergoing repairs and maintenance in a number of Hong Kong shipyards.

They also offer a wide range of other information including that concerning the Japanese Army and Air Force and other aspects of life in Hong Kong during the Japanese occupation in which you may be interested. This is not usually included here. To see the full reports please refer to Further Information below.

HF: To aid research I have attempted to summarize and list the most salient points covered above each sheet of the report under three sections:-

Firstly, Locations mentioned – both shipyards in HK and ports vessels have come from or are going to in South and East Asia.

Secondly, the names of Ships mentioned. This has not been easy. My inability to read Chinese or Japanese is a clear hindrance. Plus even when in English whether typed or handwritten they are sometimes semi-legible. Any corrections or clarification would be helpful.

Thirdly, under Miscellaneous I have noted any items that I think might be of interest.

Further information regarding subjects mentioned in this report including images of the ships would be very welcome.

Sheet One
Locations: Kowloon Dock

Ships mentioned: Ryoyo Maru

Miscellaneous: fishing boats, iron trawlers, British armaments and ammunition

BAAG WIS Summary 25 27.3.43 a1BAAG WIS Summary 25 27.3.43 a2

Locations: Shanghai, Hainan Island, Canton, Tsingtao

Ships mentioned: Luzon Maru, Hong Kong Maru, Chu Kot Maru, Shing Tin Maru, Khoon Shing Maru, Ke Kut Maru, Muk Yi Maru, Kwei Ching Maru

Miscellaneous: custom cruiser, cross river boats, scrap iron, explosives, wooden fishing boats / vessels

BAAG WIS Summary 25 27.3.43 b1BAAG WIS Summary 25 27.3.43 b2

Locations:  Taikoo Dockyard, Tai Koo Godowns, Hainan Island, Canton

Ships mentioned: Riyo [?], Asia Maru, Gyo [?]

Miscellaneous: armed cutter, aerodrome (Hainan Island), customs cruiser

BAAG WIS Summary 25 27.3.43 c1BAAG WIS Summary 25 27.3.43 c2

Locations: Formosa, Tsingtao, Kwangchowwan

Ships mentioned: No.2 Minato, Destroyer Goten [?], Kwang Si Maru, Gyo El [?]

BAAG WIS Summary 25 27.3.43 d1BAAG WIS Summary 25 27.3.43 d2

Locations: Formosa, Tsingtao, Kwangchowwan

Ships mentioned: No.2 Minato, Destroyer Goten [?], Kwang Si Maru, Gyo El [?]

BAAG WIS Summary 25 27.3.43 e1BAAG WIS Summary 25 27.3.43 e2

Locations: Naval Dock, Tsingtao, Formosa

Ships mentioned: On Lee Maru, Wo Sing (Customs Cruiser), Hoi Ping

BAAG WIS Summary 25 27.3.43 f1BAAG WIS Summary 25 27.3.43 f2

Locations: Singapore, Hainan, Formosa, Tsingtao, Shanghai

Ships mentioned: Destroyer Tokusei [?]

Miscellaneous:Mitsui Company, Japanese Army, foodstuff, scrap iron, military supplies, small gunboat, scrap copper, explosives

BAAG WIS Summary 25 27.3.43 g1BAAG WIS Summary 25 27.3.43 g2

Locations: Singapore, Tsingtao, Hainan Island, Shanghai, Formosa

Ships mentioned: Destroyer Tugai / Togai [?]

Miscellaneous: Mitsui Company, Naval Police GuardsBAAG WIS Summary 25 27.3.43 h1BAAG WIS Summary 25 27.3.43 h2

Locations: Royal Navy Dockyard, Kowloon Wharves, Kowloon Dock, Indo-China

Miscellaneous: destroyer, cruiser, merchantman

BAAG WIS Summary 25 27.3.43 i1BAAG WIS Summary 25 27.3.43 i2

Locations: Manila, Indo-China, Canton, Naval Dockyard, Japan

Ships mentioned: Neu [?] Tin Maru, Dairen [?] Maru, Nam Lee Maru, Kong Tai Maru

Miscellaneous: Dockyard Labour – recruitment, empire ship, rice, railway trucks, Moller ships

BAAG WIS Summary 25 27.3.43 j1BAAG WIS Summary 25 27.3.43 j2

Locations: Naval Dockyard, Kowloon Government Department Direct Controlled Shipyard, Tai Kok Tsui Dock, To Kwa Wan Shipyard

Miscellaneous: dockyard workers, Naval Firing Practice, Pearl River mouth, ship flags, ferries, tug boats, river boats

BAAG WIS Summary 25 27.3.43 k1BAAG WIS Summary 25 27.3.43 k2

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BAAG WIS Summary 25 27.3.43 l

Further information:

  1. For general information about the Elizabeth Ride collection, her father Sir Lindsay Ride, and the British Army Aid group during WW2 a very useful introduction is through http://gwulo.com/node/13968
  2. The BAAG papers are kept at the  Hong Kong Heritage Project https://www.hongkongheritage.org/Pages/FindingAids/LibraryCollection/Elizabeth_M_Ride_Collection.aspx

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