BAAG records of shipping in HK during 1944-45 – the Koto Maru ex S.S. Fatshan, built at Taikoo Docks

Elizabeth Ride has British Army Aid Group (BAAG) records of shipping movements for 1944-45 in Hong Kong during the Japanese occupation in World War Two.

These provide information not only about the ships themselves but what cargo was being brought into and out of Hong Kong during the latter stages of WW2, passengers carried, and of godowns, docks etc that were being utilised.

The Koto Maru, the ex Fatshan II, a Hong Kong – Canton, river steamer, was seen on 9 Aug 1944

Arrived on 18 Jul 1944

To be admitted to Kowloon Docks for repairs. To be discharged 1 Sep 1944

The Fatshan II was part of the China Navigation Company’s fleet, Built in 1933 at Taikoo Dockyard & Engineering Co. Hong Kong in Dec 1941 she was seized by the Japanese at Hong Kong and renamed Koto Maru and in 1945 returned to the owners and reverted to the name Fatshan. In 1951 she was sold to Man On S.N. Co., Hong Kong. (1) (2)


Fatshan II undated Courtesy: WikiSwire

This article was first posted on 26th November 2016.


  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
  2. The BAAG papers are kept at the Hong Kong Heritage Project – Elizabeth M Ride Collection

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