BAAG records of shipping in HK during 1944-45 – the Keiinsan [?] (Keiimyama) 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 Keiinsan [?] (Keiimyama) Maru, a cargo ship, was seen on 17 August 1944

Arrived on 16 Aug from Shanghai

Transit cargo: one lot of first aid medical stores, 470 large drums of crude oil, 1,000 gallons of gasoline, 4,000 cases of ammunition intended for Burma not discharged in HK

Departed on 24 Aug for South Seas

Outward cargo: 12 4″ field guns, 80 Twin HMGs. 26 small tanks, 400 MT batteries, 700 bottles of “white” acid. Loaded 17-20 Aug, taken from Naval Keipitai Depot, Naval Dockyard, Naval Auto-repairs Depot (Hongkong Hotel Garage). Cargo for Burma/India Front.

An image of this ship would be helpful.

BAAG KWIZ #70.6 Keiinsan Maru

This article was first posted on 13th August 2016.

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 – Elizabeth M Ride Collection

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