Japanese map of HK Harbour during the occupation WW2 – translation and transcription

Kwong Chi Man has kindly translated the Japanese names of the piers shown in columns at the bottom of this map of Hong Kong harbour which was drawn during the occupation, WW2. Elizabeth Ride has kindly transcribed the faint handwritten English ‘translation’ alongside the Japanese. Many thanks to both contributors. KCM: This map of the Japanese Harbour Authority (under the […]

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Kung Lee Steam Ship Company Ltd – Harry Long’s personal experience

HF: I learnt about this company through the personal effects of Harry Kin Hong Long who briefly worked for Kung Lee from March to July 1923. Harry worked on two ships, the Kwong Mo and the Tin Ming as can be seen in his appointment letter below. Julia Bradshaw has kindly given permission to quote from her book, Golden Prospects…which finds […]

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To Nam Shipyard, To Kwa Wan, WW2

ER has sent this BAAG report. It is the only information we have about this smaller shipyard. Any further information would be very useful. The report mentions “other yards and engineering works who receive orders from To Nam Shipyard include, Far East Motors, Luk Ho Kan, Ngai Sang, Tai Hing, Cho Wing.” KWIZ #74, 10.11.44. Further information: For general information about […]

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Chinese Airline buys Bailey’s Shipyard – a hotbed of political strife 1949-1955

IDJ: During 1948 and 1949 there was immense turmoil in China as the Nationalist and Communist factions battled for control of the country. Events were moving towards a climax. As a result, the Chinese airlines CNAC (China National Aviation Corporation), CAT (Civil Air Transport) both with Sino-American interests and flight crews, and Central Air Transport (nationalist government owned) all based […]

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Kwong Shing Hing Shipyard, Cheung Sha Wan, WW2

ER has sent this BAAG report. It is the only information we have about this smaller shipyard. Any further information would be very useful. KWIZ #74, 10.11.44. Further information: 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 The BAAG papers are […]

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Ngauchiwan / Fukui Shipyard during the Japanese Occupation, 1942-1945

Elizabeth Ride has sent this brief extract from BAAG Intelligence Summaries written during the Japanese occupation of Hong Kong, World War Two: Auxiliary wooden vessels and other small craft are constructed at the Fukui Shipyard, formerly known as the Ngauchiwan Shipyard, situated Southeast of Kai Tak airfield off Tai Wan Tsun.  Only the hulls are produced here, the engines being […]

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World War Two -1945 BAAG report on occupied Hong Kong – ferry services

Elizabeth Ride has sent a British Army Aid Group (BAAG) report from 1st March 1945, An Outline of Conditions in Occupied Hong Kong which was compiled in early 1945 for use by the Civil Affairs Committee which was to take on the rehabilitation of HK after the planned allied invasion. HF: The report is lengthy so I am going to divide it […]

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Ngautaukok Shipyard during the Japanese Occupation, 1942-1945

Elizabeth Ride has sent this brief extract from BAAG Intelligence Summaries written during the Japanese occupation of Hong Kong, World War Two. Three wooden vessels were reported to be under construction and nearing completion in mid-1944 at the Ngautaukok Shipyard, located South of the Fukui Shipyard.  Only small wooden ships are built here, and work was reported in July 1944 […]

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World War Two -1945 BAAG report on occupied Hong Kong – mooring buoys

Elizabeth Ride has sent a British Army Aid Group (BAAG) report from 1st March 1945, An Outline of Conditions in Occupied Hong Kong which was compiled in early 1945 for use by the Civil Affairs Committee which was to take on the rehabilitation of HK after the planned allied invasion. HF: The report is lengthy so I am going to divide it […]

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World War Two -1945 BAAG report on occupied Hong Kong – dockyards

Elizabeth Ride has sent a British Army Aid Group (BAAG) report from 1st March 1945, An Outline of Conditions in Occupied Hong Kong which was compiled in early 1945 for use by the Civil Affairs Committee which was to take on the rehabilitation of HK after the planned allied invasion. HF: The report is lengthy so I am going to divide it […]

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