YUSOSEN!

(AKATSUKI MARU prewar)

IJN AKATSUKI MARU:
Tabular Record of Movement
© 2010-2015 Bob Hackett and Peter Cundall.

E 1937:
Aioi. Laid down at Harima Zosen as a 10,216-ton oil tanker for Nippon Suisan Kaisha (Japan Line) Ltd.

20 August 1938:
Launched and named AKATSUKI MARU.

1 October 1938:
Completed and placed in service on Nippon Suisan Kaisha's California route. [1]

1940:
Engages in transporting oil from Tarakan, Borneo and Okha, North Sakhalin to Japan.

17 November 1941:
Requisitioned by the IJN.

18 November 1941:
Arrives at Kure. Undergoes conversion to an auxiliary oiler.

10 December 1941:
Departs Kure.

20 December 1941:
Departs Kure.

23 December 1941:
Arrives at Tokuyama.

26 December 1941:
Departs Tokuyama.

26 December 1941:
Arrives at Kure.

5 January 1942:
Departs Kure.

6 January 1942:
Attives at Sasebo.

8 January 1942:
Departs Sasebo.

9 January 1942:
Arrives at Tokuyama.

10 January 1942:
Departs Tokuyama and later that day arrives at Kure.

15 February 1942:
Departs Aioi.

16 February 1942:
Arrives at Tokuyama.

19 February 1942:
Departs Tokuyama.

21 February 1942:
Arrives at Yokosuka.

22 March 1942:
Departs Yokosuka.

24 March 1942:
Arrives at Tokuyama.

31 March 1942:
Departs Tokuyama.

2 April 1942:
Arrives at Yokosuka.

26 April 1942:
Departs Yokosuka.

28 April 1942:
Arrives at Tokuyama.

1 May 1942:
Departs Tokuyama.

3 May 1942:
Arrives at Yokosuka.

16 May 1942:
Departs Yokosuka.

17 May 1942:
Departs Yokosuka.

25 May 1942:
Arrives Palembang, Sumatra. Probably loads a cargo of crude oil.

29 May 1942:
Departs Palembang.

30 May 1942:
Arrives at Singapore. Probably discharges her cargo of crude oil.

2 June 1942:
Departs Singapore.

3 June 1942:
Arrives at Palembang. Probably loads a cargo of crude oil.

7 June 1942:
Departs Palembang.

8 June 1942:
Arrives at Singapore. Probably discharges her cargo of crude oil.

10 June 1942:
Departs Singapore.

11 June 1942:
Arrives at Palembang. Probably loads a cargo of crude oil.

15 June 1942:
Departs Palembang.

16 June 1942:
Arrives at Singapore. Probably discharges her cargo of crude oil.

19 June 1942:
Departs Singapore.

20 June 1942:
Arrives at Palembang. Probably loads a cargo of crude oil.

23 June 1942:
Departs Palembang.

24 June 1942:
Arrives at Singapore. Probably discharges her cargo of crude oil.

29 June 1942:
Departs Singapore.

4 July 1942:
Arrives at Takao and departs later that day.

6 July 1942:
Arrives at Shimotsu carrying 15,911-tons of crude oil and refined fuel oil.

14 July 1942:
Departs Shimotsu and later that day arrives Kure.

21 July 1942:
Departs Kure. Transits south through the Bungo Straits.

29 July 1942:
Arrives at Palembang. Probably loads a cargo of crude oil.

2 August 1942:
Departs Palembang.

3 August 1942:
Arrives at Singapore. Probably discharges her cargo of crude oil.

6 August 1942:
Departs Singapore.

7 August 1942:
Arrives at Palembang. Probably loads a cargo of crude oil.

11 August 1942:
Departs Palembang.

12 August 1942:
Arrives at Singapore. Probably discharges her cargo of crude oil.

16 August 1942:
Departs Singapore.

17 August 1942:
Arrives at Palembang. Probably loads a cargo of crude oil.

20 August 1942:
Departs Palembang.

21 August 1942:
Arrives at Singapore. Probably discharges her cargo of crude oil.

25 August 1942:
Departs Singapore.

2 September 1942:
Arrives at Dairen.

8 September 1942:
Departs Dairen.

16 September 1942:
Arrives at Palembang. Probably loads a cargo of crude oil.

19 September 1942:
Departs Palembang.

20 September 1942:
Arrives at Singapore. Probably discharges her cargo of crude oil.

24 September 1942:
Departs Singapore.

25 September 1942:
Arrives at Palembang. Probably loads a cargo of crude oil.

27 September 1942:
Departs Palembang.

28 September 1942:
Arrives at Singapore. Probably discharges her cargo of crude oil.

3 October 1942:
Departs Singapore.

11 October 1942:
Arrives at Shanghai.

1 November 1942:
Departs Shanghai.

7 November 1942:
Arrives at Palembang. Probably loads a cargo of oil.

11 November 1942:
Departs Palembang.

12 November 1942:
Arrives at Singapore.

15 November 1942:
Departs Singapore.

26 November 1942:
Arrives at Shanghai carrying 10,000-tons of crude oil and refined fuel oil and 6,000 tons of aviation gasoline.

28 November 1942:
Departs Shanghai.

4 December 1942:
Arrives at Palembang. Probably loads a cargo of crude oil.

11 December 1942:
Departs Palembang.

12 December 1942:
Arrives at Pulau Bukum, Singapore. Probably discharges her cargo of crude oil.

15 December 1942:
Departs Pulau Bukum.

16 December 1942:
Arrives at Palembang. Probably loads a cargo of oil.

18 December 1942:
Departs Palembang.

19 December 1942:
Arrives at Pulau Sambu near Singapore.

21 December 1942:
Departs Pulau Sambu.

30 December 1942:
Arrives at Shimotsu carrying 15,000-tons of crude oil and refined fuel oil.

3 January 1943:
Departs Shimotsu.

4 January 1943:
Arrives at Kure.

9 January 1943:
Departs Kure.

17 January 1943:
Arrives at Palembang. Probably loads a cargo of oil.

21 January 1943:
Departs Palembang.

22 January 1943:
Arrives at Pulau Sambu near Singapore.

23 January 1943:
Departs Pulau Sambu.

1 February 1943:
Arrives at Genzan.

4 February 1943:
Departs Genzan.

9 February 1943:
Arrives at Dairen, Manchuria carrying 15,950-tons of crude oil and refined fuel oil.

13 February 1943:
Arrives at Palembang. Probably loads a cargo of crude oil.

17 February 1943:
Departs Palembang.

18 February 1943:
Arrives at Pulau Sambu near Singapore. Probably discharges her cargo of crude oil.

20 February 1943:
Departs Pulau Sambu, Singapore

2 March 1943:
Arrives at Shinotsu.

5 March 1943:
Departs Shimotsu.

6 March 1943:
At 0800 arrives at Kure.

10 March 1943:
Departs Kure.

19 March 1943:
Arrives at Surabaya.

23 March 1943:
AKATSUKI MARU departs Surabaya, Java for Balikpapan, Borneo escorted by subchaser CH-2.

28 March 1943:
Arrives at Balikpapan. Probably loads a cargo of crude oil.

30 March 1943:
Departs Balikpapan.

1 April 1943:
Arrives at Surabaya.

4 April 1943:
At 1100 departs Surabaya. Probably discharges her cargo of crude oil.

6 April 1943:
At 1300, scheduled to arrive Balikpapan.

18 April 1943:
Departs Balikpapan in Tokubetsu convoy escorted by auxiliary gunboat PEKING MARU.

27 April 1943:
Arrives at Dairen.

3 May 1943:
Departs Dairen.

7 May 1943:
Arrives Kobe and departs later that day.

8 May 1943:
Arrives at Yokosuka.

14 May 1943:
Departs Yokosuka.

16 May 1943:
Arrives at Kure.

17 May 1943:
Departs Kure.

19 May 1943:
Arrives at Yokosuka.

24 May 1943:
At 0900, AKATSUKI MARU, in ballast, departs Sasebo for Takao, Formosa escorted by minelayer HIRASHIMA.

28 May 1943:
About 270 miles NW of Naha, Okinawa. At 1350, LtCdr Anthony H. Dropp's USS SAURY (SS-189) attacks unescorted AKATSUKI MARU, but she evades the torpedoes. USS SAURY conducts three more attacks over a period of about three hours. She scores four hits on AKATSUKI MARU that sinks at 0100 the next day at 27-40N, 125-55E. 37 crewmen are lost. [2]

30 June 1943:
Removed from the Navy List.


Authors' Notes:
[1] Completed 31 October 1938 according to other sources.

[2] AKATSUKIís outbound destination was Balikpapen, Borneo. 27 crewmen were lost according to other sources.

Thanks for assistance goes to Sander Kingsepp of Estonia.

- Bob Hackett and Peter Cundall.


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