BAAG Naval Section Intelligence Summary, late November 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.14) dated 16th December 1942. This covers shipping movements in and out of Hong Kong during the Japanese occupation in World War Two during late November 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 Docks, Naval Yard, Naval supply store at Kowloon godown, Wharves opposite the Custom House

Ships mentioned: Son To Maru, Destroyer Haruto, Destroyer Kaisei, Chinese Customs Cruiser (Hasei?), river steamers – Canton/HK + Canton/Macao, several cutters, fish junks

Miscellaneous: “At Tai Kok Tsui between A.P.C. installations and an old Chinese shipbuilding yard is a large matshed to cover ships under repair.”

BAAG Report WIS #14 A1BAAG Report WIS #14 A2BAAG Report WIS #14 B1BAAG Report WIS #14 B2

BAAG Report WIS #14 C1 JPGBAAG Report WIS #14 C2 JPG

This article was first posted on 28th May 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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