BAAG records of shipping in HK during 1944-45 – the Tsuruarashi 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.

The Tsuruarashi Maru, a cargo ship, was seen on 31 Aug 1944

Arrived on 29 Aug from Saigon

Inward cargo: 80 large drums of lubricating oil, 176 large drums of crude oil, 700 bags of rice, 270 bags of coal in straw bags, 4 4″ guns and 60 HMGs. Discharged during 30 Aug to 1 Sep and taken to Kowloon Naval Supply Depot, the Naval Keipitai Dept. Armaments for Lyemun and Kap Shui Mun forts.

Repairs: On 1 Sep admitted into the Naval Dockyard for repairs to leakage on decks, overhauling  of wire fittings and painting. Work to be completed by 8 Sep.

Departed on: “Expected to leave on 10 Sep for Hainan Island”

Outward cargo: X

Transit cargo: X

An image of this ship would be helpful.

This article was first posted on 8th October 2016.BAAG KWIZ #70.5 Tsuruarshi 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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