BAAG Naval Section Intelligence Summary, mid to late December 1942, ship repair, maintenance and movements

Elizabeth Ride has sent the Naval section of a British Army Aid Group (BAAG) Waichow Intelligence Summary (WIS No.16) dated 14th January 1943. This covers shipping movements in and out of Hong Kong during the Japanese occupation in World War Two during mid to late December 1942.

These reports also describes 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 in 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 always 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.

Locations: Kowloon Dock – new ship launched, 6,200 workers , 40,000 tons of new shipping predicted by end of March 1943
Naval Dockyard

Ships mentioned: fishing boats, motor boats, Empire ship, Toku[o?] Maru – former British ship, Kokko – former Customs Cruiser, transport ship, cargo merchant man, Seiko, Naval patrol vessels – Nos 10+ 18, steamer under construction by the Naval Authorities – launched 16.12.42, SS Tai Lee, SS Kwan Tung

Shonan – former British freighter Talthybius see:

  1. http://www.benjidog.co.uk/allen/BF13.html
  2. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SS_Talthybius_(1911)
Talthybius SS Image Courtesy Benjidog Co.uk

SS Talthybius Courtesy: www.benjidog.co.uk/allen/BF13.html

Miscellaneous: Request that Kowloon Docks should be bombed

BAAG Report WIS #16 A1BAAG Report WIS #16 A2BAAG Report WIS #16 B1JPG BAAG Report WIS #16 B2 JPGBAAG Report WIS #16 C1BAAG Report WIS #16 C2BAAG Report WIS #16 D1BAAG Report WIS #16 D2BAAG Report WIS #16 E

This article was first posted on 18th June 2017.

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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