BAAG records of shipping in HK during 1944-45 – the Gyokaku (aka Gyoko) 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 #70
The Gyokaku (aka Gyoko) Maru, a fishing vessel / converted cargo boat, was seen on 29 Aug 1944.
Arrived on 18 Aug from Canton
Inward cargo: 1 lot of scrap damaged a/c and arms, 300 bags of rice and 1 lot of provisions. Discharged 19-23 Aug and taken to Kowloon Godowns.
Departed on X
Outward cargo: X
Transit cargo: X
Repairs: On 24 Aug alongside Cosmopolitan Dock.To be completed by 20 Sep.
An image of this ship would be helpful.
This article was first posted on 5th March 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 ship is probably the same as Gyokyu Maru which was either ex HMS MMS 95 or 96 seized on the stocks at Baileys at Hong Kong. This ship’s fate is unknown. The other MMS likely became Gyoen Maru that survived the war.