BAAG records of shipping in HK during 1944-45 – the Arashijitsu 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 Arashijitsu Maru, a cargo ship, was seen on 22 Aug 1944

Arrived on 22 Aug 1944 from Kwanchowan

Inward cargo: 40 drums of petrol, 670 bags of coal, 200lbs gunpowder, 400 bags of rice. Discharged 23-25 Aug and taken to Kowloon Gowdowns, Omachi Butai Depot

Departed on 29 Aug 1944 for Shanghai

Outward cargo: x

Transit cargo: 470 bags of green hemp, 86 bags of cotton yarn for Shanghai

An image of this ship would be helpful.

This article was first posted on 8th September 2016.

BAAG KWIZ #70.6 Arashijitsu 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

One comment

  • Peter Cundall

    Nothing known that fits this. There was a small auxiliary minesweeper Ranzan Maru 嵐山丸
    built 1920 219 gt based in this area and surrendered at Hong Kong that shared the fairly unusual suffix but it beggars belief this could be the ship.

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