ZATSUYOSEN!

(Launching of ENIDTOWN, later ANAN MARU – Peter Cundall collection)

IJN ANAN MARU:
Tabular Record of Movement


© 2015 Gilbert Casse and Peter Cundall


E 1938:
Deest, Netherlands. Laid down by N.V. Scheepswerf Gebroeder Van der Werf for Brook Shipping Co. Ltd., London as a 795-tons cargo ship.

September 1938:
Launched and named ENIDTOWN.

1938:
Completed and registered at London.

November 1938:
Her owners are changed to Manila Steamship Co. Inc, Manila, Philippines.

1940:
Renamed ANAKAN.

2 January 1942:
Scuttled in Pasig River near Manila.

14 April 1942:
Taken over by Japanese Forces.

20 April 1942:
Maintenance directive No. 705 is issued.

1942:
Salved and renamed ANAN MARU. Call sign is changed to JWMY.

10 August 1942:
Completion of repairs by Naval Repair Unit No. 103.

1 January 1943:
Registered in the IJN as an auxiliary transport attached to the Maizuru Naval District with Maizuru as homeport under Navy’s instruction No. 8.

4 January 1943:
Departs Takao.

5 January 1943:
Arrives at Kirun.

8 January 1943:
Departs Kirun.

9 January 1943:
Arrives at Mako.

15 January 1943:
Assigned to Admiral Takasu Shiro’s (35) Southwest Area Fleet as an auxiliary transport (Otsu) category. [2]

3 August 1943:
At 1800, departs Kendari, Celebes (now Sulawesi) in convoy with auxiliary transport SEIZAN MARU escorted by auxiliary subchaser SHONAN MARU No. 17.

6 August 1943:
At 0730, arrives at Ambon, Moluccas.

10 August 1943:
Departs Ambon.

12 August 1943:
Arrives at Tual, Moluccas.

13 August 1943:
Departs Tual.

14 August 1943:
Arrives at Kekuwa, Moluccas.

16 August 1943:
Departs Kekuwa.

17 August 1943:
Arrives at Ambon.

18 August 1943:
Departs Ambon.

E 19 August 1943:
Damaged by shelling from an unidentified submarine.

20 August 1943:
Arrives back at Ambon for repairs.

24 September 1943:
At 1900, due to depart Ternate, Moluccas.

26 September 1943:
Due to arrive at Ambon in the morning.

2 October 1943:
At 1800, due to depart Surabaya, Java for Ambon.

19 December 1943:
ANAN MARU and Government passenger/cargo ship (C-APK) TOBI (ex-Dutch TOBELO) MARU escorted by auxiliary patrol boat TOSEKI MARU arrive at Macassar.

30 December 1943:
Due to arrive at Kau, Halmahera, Moluccas escorted by auxiliary small subchaser TOSEKI MARU.

4 January 1944:
At 1800, due to depart Kau for Balikpapan escorted by auxiliary small subchaser TOSEKI MARU.

7 June 1944:
Assigned to the 102nd Naval Repair Unit. Departs Menado (now Manado), Celebes.

11 June 1944:
Arrives at Balikpapan, Borneo.

15 June 1944:
Departs Balikpapan.

16 June 1944:
Arrives at Kota Baru, Borneo.

20 June 1944:
Departs Kota Baru.

21 June 1944:
Arrives at Macassar, Celebes.

23 June 1944:
Departs Macassar.

26 June 1944:
Arrives at Kendari.

30 June 1944:
Departs Kendari.

8 July 1944:
Arrives at Macassar.

11 July 1944:
Departs Macassar.

13 July 1944:
Arrives at Balikpapan.

19 July 1944:
Departs Balikpapan.

23 July 1944:
Arrives at Tolitoli (Toli-Toli), Celebes.

24 July 1944:
Departs Tolitoli.

26 July 1944:
Arrives at Menado.

31 July 1944:
Departs Menado.

7 August 1944:
Arrives at Balikpapan.

10 August 1944:
Departs Balikpapan and arrives at Samarinda, Borneo later that day.

13 August 1944:
Departs Samarinda and arrives at Loakulu, Borneo later that same day.

28 October 1944:
Rescues 17 survivors of KAIYO No. 1.

29 October 1944:
Departs Balikpapan. Soon after departure, sustains an airstrike and returns back to port.

30 October 1944:
Departs again Balikpapan.

31 October 1944:
Arrives at Bandjermasin, Borneo.

6 November 1944:
Departs Bandjermasin.

7 November 1944:
Arrives at Surabaya, Java.

14 January 1945:
Departs Surabaya in convoy also consisting of IJN requisitioned shared tanker (B/C-AO) HOSEI (ex-British POSEIDON) MARU, IJN requisitioned transport (B-AK) KAKO (ex-Chinese HWEI PING) MARU, Government owned passenger/cargo ship (C-APK) DAI (ex-Dutch DUYMAER VAN TWIST) MARU, IJA transports SHOYU, EBISU MARUs and SANKO MARU No. 11 and civilian cargo ship (C-AK) NITTEI MARU escorted by patrol boat PB-108 (ex-Dutch HrMs AREND), auxiliary minesweeper WA-103, and auxiliary subchaser CHa-106.

15 January 1945:
The convoy arrives in Tandjong Priok waters.

16 January 1945:
The convoy departs Tandjong Priok waters.

17 January 1945:
At 1350, subchaser CH-56 joins the convoy. At 2300, NITTEI MARU is detached for Bandjermasin.

18 January 1945:
At 1430, the convoy arrives NW of Dato Island, D.E.I. At 2330, PB-36 joins the convoy.

19 January 1945:
At 0600, the convoy departs Dato Island waters.

20 January 1945:
At 0800, auxiliary minesweeper W-3 joins the convoy.

21 January 1945:
At 1750, the convoy arrives at Macassar.

22 February 1945:
At 2200, ANAN and HOSEI MARUs depart Macassar escorted by patrol boats PB-36 and PB-108.

23 January 1945:
At 2210, auxiliary minesweeper SHONAN MARU No. 2 joins the convoy.

26 January 1945:
At 0910, arrives at Balikpapan.

16 February 1945:
Arrives at Djakarta (now Jakarta), Java.

18 February 1945:
Departs Djakarta.

17 April 1945:
Departs Singapore, Malaya.

E 20 April 1945:
Arrives at Djakarta.

15 August 1945:
Handed over to Allied Forces.

1945:
Returned to her former owners and renamed ANAKAN.

3 July 1947:
Removed from IJN Navy’s list under instruction No. 327.

1949:
Sold to Madrigal Shipping Co. Inc., Manila and renamed REGULUS.

2 November 1949:
Near San Jose, Antique. Sinks during heavy weather while on passage from Malangas to Manila while carrying passengers with a cargo of coal.


Authors notes :
[1] There were two categories of Zatsuyosen. (Ko) category with an IJN Captain as supervisor aboard and (Otsu) category without.

Thanks go to Gengoro S. Toda of Japan.

Gilbert Casse and Peter Cundall.


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