BAAG records of shipping in HK during 1944-45 – the Nagawa 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.

BAAG Report #KWIZ 66 15th September 1944

The Nagawa Maru, a cargo ship, was seen on 9 + 16 July 1944

Arrived on 4 July from Formosa in convoy of 16 ships escorted by 2 warships

Tonnage: About 3,000 tons

Inward cargo: fodder, coal

Inward passengers: about 800 soldiers

Departed on X

Outward cargo: X

Transit cargo: X

Repairs: X

Crew: 50 including 7 Japanese

An image of this ship would be helpful.

BAAG KWIZ #66 Second Report Nagawa Maru

BAAG KWIZ #66 Part B Second Report Nagawa Maru


BAAG KWIZ #66 Nagawa Maru

This article was first posted on 19th March 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
  2. The BAAG papers are kept at the Hong Kong Heritage Project – Elizabeth M Ride

One comment

  • Peter Cundall

    Another mystery. A 2A tanker conversion called Eiwa Maru (alternate reading Nagaei Maru) with this kanji was completed in September 1944 (ie too late for this intelligence report). Furthermore this ship had engines aft. There was no other ships of size with this kanji. Further no convoy of 16 ships is shown arriving 4 July.

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