BAAG records of shipping in HK during 1944-45 – the Suzukuni Maru

Elizabeth Ride has sent British Army Aid Group (BAAG) records of shipping movements in Hong Kong in 1944-45 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 Suzukuni Maru was seen south of Stonecutters Island on 1st October 1944

Arrival on 28th September 1944 from Yokohama.

Inward cargo: 18 large motors, 4 derricks, 8 diesel motors, 6 twin HMGs for use in torpedo boats, 1,000 boxes of carbide, 870 cylinders of oxygen.

Departure on 6th October 1944 for Kwangchowwan

Outward cargo: 700 bags of cotton yarn, 270 boxes of carbide and 60 drums of petrol.

Supplementary information: Outward passengers were 46 ironsmiths proceeding to work in the Kwangchowwan Naval Post having been transferred from the Naval Dockyard and Hainan Naval Working Department.

An image of this ship would be helpful.

Japanese Ship - Suzukuni Maru - BAAG snipped

This article was first posted on 19th June 2016.

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 http://gwulo.com/node/13968
  2. The BAAG papers are kept at the  Hong Kong Heritage Project https://www.hongkongheritage.org/Pages/FindingAids/LibraryCollection/Elizabeth_M_Ride_Collection.aspx

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