BAAG records of shipping in HK during 1944-45 – the Takizawa Maru

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 Takizawa Maru, a cargo ship, was seen on 15 August 1944

Arrived on 15 August 1944 “from Saigon direction”

Inward cargo: 480 kerosene tins of lubricating oil, 700 straw bags of coal, 1,200 straw bags of rice, 4,000 lbs. of sulphur, 700 lbs. of alcohol, 1,860 ship engine parts, 80 rubber carpets. Cargo discharged 16-18 August and stored in Kowloon Godowns, Naval Supply Depot Kowloon, China Provident Godowns No.2, Naval Depot No.2 Godown.

Departed on 21 Aug 1944 for Hainan Island

Transit cargo: 4,000 sticks of dynamite, 760 cylinders of oxygen, 8 coils of 1″ wire, scrap copper and iron – bound for Hainan Island

An image of this ship would be helpful.

This article was first posted on 31st July 2016.

BAAG KWIZ #70.6 Takizawa Maru

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

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