BAAG records of shipping in HK during 1944-45 – the Shin Kensei, ex Indo-China Steam Navigation Co

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 Shin Kensei, a cargo ship, formerly belonging to the Indo-China Steam Navigation Company, was seen on 7 July 1944

Arrived on X

Inward cargo: X

Departed on X

Outward cargo: X

Transit cargo: X

Repairs: X

BAAG KWIZ #66 Shin Kensei

Thanks to Stephen Kentwell for sending this a photo of a model of the Hinsang which is now displayed in the Jardines London office, and was made by Mr. H.N. Hardie while interned in Stanley Camp (Hong Kong) between 1942 and 1945.

Hinsang Model Of The Ship, Now Displayed In Jardine's London Office Stephen Kentwell

This article was first posted on 12th 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 Collection


  • I believe this refers to Indo-China S.N. Co’s new HINSANG built in 1941. The old HINSANG was demolished at Hong Kong in 1939. My friend Prof. Howard Dick published a detailed fleet list of this company in 1973, and here is the updated version of this ship’s entry:

    HINSANG (1941-41) 4644/41 (M)
    Built by Hong Kong & Whampoa Dock Co. Ltd, Hong Kong for ICSNC. 20/2/41 delayed launch after loss of steelwork on 11/7/40 with City of Bagdad (7506/20) – on completion in service Hong Kong/Sandakan. 25/12/41 scuttled at Hong Kong. Salvaged by Japanese and 4/43 r. KENSEI MARU. 12/1/45 bombed and sunk by US aircraft 25 m. SE of Phanrang, South Vietnam.

    (illustration being submitted by email)
    Model of HINSANG in Jardine London office made by Mr. H.N. Hardie while interned in Stanley Camp (Hong Kong) between 1942 and 1945 JM&C

  • Peter Cundall

    Stephen is almost certainly correct in his identification. .Kensei Maru (NB not Shin Kensei Maru) was ex Hin Sang and did call at Hong Kong during the war after completion there apparently. But this specific BAAG report is incorrect. Between 23 June and 14 July 1944 the Kensei Maru was sailing in convoy MOMA-09/MI-09 from Moji (Shimonoseki, Japan) to Manila via Takao (Kaohsiung). While some ships stopped at Kirun (Keelung) no ships sailed to Hong Kong as part of this convoy.

    The familiarity with Kensei Maru would have meant ships of similar appearance could be mistaken for the ship. The correct identity of this particular ship is unknown.

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