BAAG records of shipping in HK during 1944-45 – the Shifu 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 #66 15th September 1944.

The Shifu Maru, a cargo ship, was seen on 9 July 1944

Arrived on 4 July 1944 from Formosa

Inward cargo: 3,000 tons of rice half of which was discharged in HK and stored in China Provident Godowns, 300 tons of coal

Departed on 11 July 1944

Outward cargo: X

Transit cargo: Remaining half of the rice

Repairs: X

An image of this ship would be helpful.

BAAG KWIZ #66 Shifu Maru

This article was first posted on 2nd April 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

One comment

  • Peter Cundall

    No ship with this kanji located, It is likely 芝不丸 Chefoo Maru (42, 3218) built by Hakodate Dock K.K. and a sister to the Sainan Maru referenced in an earlier BAAG Report. Chefoo Maru visted Hong Kong regularly and was sunk 12 Jan 1945 in the Saigon River by US Naval planes bombing attack.

    NB character suffix of Foo slightly different to that shown- as a Chinese character it does not feature in the Japanese word processing software I use,

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