BAAG Naval Section Intelligence Summary, mid November 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.12) dated 18th November 1942. This covers shipping movements in and out of Hong Kong during the Japanese occupation in World War Two during mid November 1942.

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 in 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 always 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.

Locations: Kowloon Docks, Cosmopolitan Docks, Bailey Docks, Kowloon Docks, Naval Dockyard

Ships mentioned: transport ships, six Red Cross transport ships, Sumatra, Hing Sang, Shirogane [?] Maru, Bougainville (“? 2,000 ton”) – now known as Yum Yue Sam Ying, Japanese torpedo boat – Ting Hoi Maru, HMS Moth (now renamed), Tug Poet Chaucer

a) Manila Maru 1915-1944 www.wrecksite
d) Maya Maru 1925-1944 www. wrecksite
c) HMS Thracian Naval History
d) Tug – Poet  Chaucer uboat.net allies 

HMS Thracian Image

HMS Thracian Courtesy: www.naval-history.net

Miscellaneous: Far East Transporting Company, China Provident Loan and Mortgage Company godown West Point.

BAAG Report WIS #12 A1

BAAG Report WIS #12 A2BAAG Report WIS #12 B1JPGBAAG Report WIS #12 B2BAAG Report WIS #12 C1BAAG Report WIS #12 C2BAAG Report WIS #12 D1BAAG Report WIS #12 D2

This article was first posted on 21st May 2017.

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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