BAAG records of shipping in HK during 1944-45 – the No.2 Anri Maru, ex-China Navigation Company
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 No.2 Anri Maru, a cargo ship, was seen on 2nd Aug 1944
Engine. Twinscrew. Fitted by Kwong Cheung Hing Shipyard, Hong Kong
Repairs: On 25 July moved from Kwong Cheung Hing Shipyard to Cosmopolitan Dock
Departed on 22 Aug 1944 for Canton
Outward cargo: Anti- Aircraft guns, ammunition, rifles. All shipped from Japan and reshipped to Canton
Previously reported to have been a China Navigation Company vessel. Which one?
An image of this ship would be helpful.
This article was first posted on 22nd January 2017.
- 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
- The BAAG papers are kept at the Hong Kong Heritage Project – Elizabeth M Ride Collection
This appears quite an accurate report. There were two Anri Maru’s- sometimes called Anri Go 安利号 (Go simply means name in Japanese and is shown as a suffix so it is not mistaken for text).
The first was Anri Maru 05, 1668 ex Chinese owner Ching Kee’s An Lee. This ship was mined and sunk 25/6/45 off Mutsure LH in the Shimonoseki Straits.
The second was Anri Maru No.2 ex Britsh On Lee. The Chinese characters for An Lee and On Lee are the same- viz 安利.. On Lee was owned by Sze Yap SS Co, Hong Kong and was bombed and sunk in Hong Kong harbour during the carrier raids of 16 January 1945. The ship served as a supply transport between Hong Kong and Canton.