World War Two -1945 BAAG report on Dockyards in occupied Hong Kong
Hugh Farmer: Elizabeth Ride has sent a British Army Aid Group (BAAG) report from 1st March 1945, An Outline of Conditions in Occupied Hong Kong.
One of the BAAG’s aims during WW2 was to gather military intelligence in Japanese occupied Hong Kong which included a great deal of what can loosely be called industrial information. Thus this report covers many aspects of interest in including about cement works, coal and firewood supply, dairy supplies and facilities, population, transport and utilities.
If you are unfamiliar with the British Army Aid Group please refer to Further Information below.
Elizabeth suggests that we start with the section of the report covering Dockyards as it adds a great deal of information to what we already have on this aspect of Hong Kong’s industry during the occupation.
The Dock/Shipyards listed in order of mention are:
- Naval Dockyard
- Taikoo Dockyard
- Kowloon Docks
- Cosmopolitan Dock
- Aberdeen Dock
- Tung Tai Shipbuilding Yard
- Ah King’s Shipyard
- Tsunan Shipyard
- Bailey’s Shipyard
- Dainichi Shipyard (formerly known as Kwong Hip Lung Shipyard
- Wing On Shing Shipyard
- Fukui Shipyard (formerly known as the NgauchiWan Shipyard)
- Ngautaukok Shipyard
- 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 kept at the Hong Kong Heritage Project
The Index contains many articles using BAAG reports from WW2. And about industry in HK during that time.
Served my engineering apprenticeship with Scotts’ of Greenock and later after service in MN worked in their engine drawing office and later with two Swire companies, one in Greenock and other at Aberdeen. Naturally have have keen interest in Taikoo especially