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.

BAAG KWIZ #70 Gyokaku Aka Gyoko 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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