BAAG records of shipping in HK during 1944-45 – the Nichiko (Hinokaori) Maru

Elizabeth Ride has sent British Army Aid Group (BAAG) records of shipping movements in Hong Kong in 1944-45 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 Nichiko (Hinokaori) Maru was seen on 4th August 1944.

Arrived on 4th August 1944.

Inward cargo: 1,700 oxygen cylinders, 640 bags of coal, 40 drums of lubricating oil, 6 coils of rubber covered electric wire, 40 bags of heat absorbing cloth, 472 bags of rice, 700 lbs of tobacco.

Departed on 12th August 1944 for Singapore.

Outward cargo: none mentioned.

Outward passengers: 34 Japanese technicians – “mostly Korean carpenters and mechanics” – transferred from Canton to Singapore No.2 Naval Working Department (Naval Dock).

An image of this ship would be helpful.

BAAG KWIZ #70.6 Sheet 4 Nichiko Maru Aug 1944 final version

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

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