BAAG records of shipping in HK during 1944-45 – Type F No.18 – built at Kowloon Docks

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 Type F No.18, a small size cargo ship, was seen on 10 Aug 1944

New ship built by Kowloon Docks

Crew of 40 Japanese

An image of this ship would be helpful

This article was first posted on 10th December 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
  2. The BAAG papers are kept at the Hong Kong Heritage Project – Elizabeth M Ride Collection

One comment

  • Peter Cundall

    This appears to refer to Army landing ship SS-15 that was completed in January 1945. The ship appears to have been unofficially named 天山丸 Tenzan Maru and after the war retained the same characters being known as Tien Shan and owned by Kwangtung Industrial Corp, Canton and from 5/48 classed as a cargo ship. The ship remained in local service until 1960 when sold to Hwa Tung SS Co, Kaohsiung, Tainwan and renamed Hsing Chung. The ship foundered 1 January 1968 off Penghu Is, Pescadores while en route to Hong Kong.

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