BAAG records of shipping in HK during 1944-45 – the Hintoto 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 Hintoto Maru, a cargo ship, was seen on 23 Aug 1944

Arrived on 23 Aug 1944 from Formosa

Inward cargo: 470 bags of rice, 300 drums of diesel oil, 430 tins of calcium carbide, 760 cylinders of oxygen, 16 coils of electric wire, 700 straw bags of rice. Discharged 23-26 Aug and taken to Naval Supply Depot Kowloon, Naval Dockyard and Kowloon Godowns

Departed on 30 Aug 1944 for Tai Kung Island (Omiyashima)

Outward cargo: x

Outward passengers: 785 Indian volunteers (army troops) going to serve in Tai Kung Island

Transit cargo: 400 small machine guns, 26 twin HMGs, 4 2″ field guns and assorted ammunition.

An image of this ship would be helpful.

This article was first posted on 17th September 2016.

BAAG KWIZ #70.6 Hintoto MaruBAAG KWIZ #70.6 Hintoto Maru b

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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