BAAG Naval Section Intelligence Summary, August 1942, ship repair, maintenance and movements

Elizabeth Ride has sent the Naval section of a British Army Aid Group (BAAG) Waichow Intelligence Summary (WIS No.3) dated 15th August 1943. This covers shipping movements in and out of Hong Kong during the Japanese occupation in World War Two during July/August 1943.

These reports also describes time spent by vessels undergoing repairs and maintenance in a number of Hong Kong shipyards.

They also offer a wide range of other information including that concerning the Japanese Army and Air Force and other aspects of life in Hong Kong during the Japanese occupation in which you may be interested. This is not usually included here. To see the full reports please refer to Further Information below.


HF: To aid research I have attempted to summarize and list the most salient points covered above each sheet of the report under three sections:-

Firstly, Locations mentioned – both shipyards in HK and ports vessels have come from or are going to in South and East Asia.

Secondly, the names of Ships mentioned. This has not been easy. My inability to read Chinese or Japanese is a clear hindrance. Plus even when in English whether typed or handwritten they are sometimes semi-legible. Any corrections or clarification would be helpful.

Thirdly, under Miscellaneous I have noted any items that I think might be of interest.

Further information regarding subjects mentioned in this report including images of the ships would be very welcome.

Sheet One
Locations: Taikoo Dock

Ships mentioned: two destroyers, cruiser, 3/4 merchantmen, hospital ship (Italian liner?)

“Enemy ships for Far East”: Ah Su Maru, An Hing, Kwang Tung, Hiu Wan

Miscellaneous: Star Ferry

BAAG WIS #3 16.8.42 a1BAAG WIS #3 16.8.42 a2
“Enemy ships for Far East”: Fukian, Hang Shan, Kam Moon, Luk Sing, Shing Po, Yat Tung, Lu Shan, Shing King, Sze Chuan, Sung Shan, Van Shan, Van Po, Tai Kan, Tai Nan, Dau Shan, Cheun Shan

Ships “already sunk”: Ti Chung, Ti Yan, Ti Lin

“Enemy ships for River Service”: Nam Hoi 201, Shiro-gan Maru, Hoi Kau, Wan Yeung, Ling Nan, Yee Yeung, Fook Hoi, Nam Hoi 323, Hoi Ming, Nam Shui, Nam Ho, Man Kwok, Nam Tau, Nam Hoi 337, Nam Hoi

BAAG WIS #3 16.8.42 b1BAAG WIS #3 16.8.42 b2

Locations: Naval Dockyard, Sham Shui Po [Dockyard?], Taikoo Dck

Ships mentioned:  Tai Tung Maru, Transport No.282, unnamed Transport

BAAG WIS #3 16.8.42 c1

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

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