BAAG records of shipping in HK during 1944-45 – the Kofuku (or Hirofuku) 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 Kofuku (or Hirofuku)  Maru, a cargo ship, was seen on 9 Aug 1944

Arrived on 7 Aug from Canton

Inward cargo: X

Departed on: Not stated

Outward cargo: X

Transit cargo: X

Repairs: On 8 Aug admitted to Taikoo Dockyard No.2 slipway for repairs to starboard life-boat derricks, iron plate replaced, 30 planks on upper deck renewed and engine overhauled.

Remarks: Former name of the ship was Kwong Fook Cheung running between Hong Kong and Canton. Was scuttled near Aberdeen Dock, later salvaged by the Naval Working Dept and repaired at Aberdeen Dock and named changed.

An image of this ship would be helpful.

This article was first posted on 22nd October 2016.

BAAG KWIZ #70.5 Kofuku 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

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