BAAG records of shipping in HK during 1944-45 – the Yurin (aka Nirebayashi?) 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 Yurin (aka Nirebayashi?) Maru, a cargo ship, was seen on 14 July 1944

Arrived on 10 July 1944 from Hainan Island

Inward cargo: 2,000 bags of rice, 1,500 bags of salt, 500 tons of salt

Departed on X

Outward cargo: X

Transit cargo: X

Repairs: X

An image of this ship would be helpful.

BAAG KWIZ #66 Yurin

This article was first posted on 9th 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

One comment

  • Peter Cundall

    Yurin Maru is commonly shown in Western translations as Yulin Maru, the name of the port on Hainan Island the ships were named after. There were two Yulin Maru’s both captured/impressed vessels. The first was formerly the Chinese owned Chung Hwah, built in 1900 and 6022 gross tons. The second was rhe ex Norwegian Herleik built 1914, 1893 gross tons. This second ship is the vessel referred to in the report based on the dimensions provided. The ex Chung hwah ship was in the same area and was sunk in the south China Sea on 16/7/44. The Yulin Maru ex Herleik was not sunk until 24 February 1945.

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