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(Arima Maru by Ueda Kihachiro)

IJN ARIMA MARU:

Tabular Record of Movement

© 2009 Bob Hackett and Peter Cundall.


18 March 1936:
Nagasaki. Laid down at Mitsubishi Shipbuilding as a 7, 389-ton passenger/cargo ship for the Nippon Yusen K. K. (NYK) Line.

10 September 1936:
Launched and named ARIMA MARU.

30 November 1936:
Completed and placed in service on NYK’s European Hamburg route.

1937:
In service on NYK’s Central and South American routes.

14 May 1941:
Departs Antofagasta, Chile.

25 May 1941:
4 miles S of Mollendo harbor, Peru. Runs aground on a shoal. Later, NYK’s TAKAOKA MARU commences salvage work.

24 September 1941:
Refloated. Taken in tow by NYK’s SAKITO MARU. Arrives at Callao, Peru, for makeshift repairs.

9 October 1941:
Departs Callao, still in tow by SAKITO MARU.

20 November 1941:
Arrives at Yokohama for 8-month repairs.

6 July 1942:
Requisitioned and commissioned in the IJA. Merchant Captain Taguchi Suguru is appointed Supervisor.

3 October 1942:
In IJA service as a supply vessel.

31 October 1942:
Departs Nagoya for Saigon.

December 1942:
Released by the IJA.

29 December 1942:
Requisitioned by the IJN.

30 December 1942:
Osaka. Enters drydock at Innoshima shipyard. Begins conversion to a fleet oiler.

15 February 1943:
Registered in the Kure Naval District as a specially installed transport ship (oil supply). Assigned to the Department of the Navy as an oil supply boat. The CO of ammunition ship ONOE MARU, Captain Ozawa Satoru, is appointed Supervisor as an additional duty.

20 February 1943:
The conversion is completed.

February 1943:
An unknown officer is appoined Supervisor.

3 March 1943:
Departs Kure.

11 March 1943:
Arrives at Singapore. Loads 7, 880 tons of heavy oil, gasoline and takes three gun boats aboard.

March 1943:
Departs Singapore for Balikpapan, Borneo.

25 March 1943:
An unknown submarine attacks ARIMA MARU, but she evades its torpedoes.

28 March 1943:
Arrives at Balikpapan. Lands the three gun boats.

30 March 1943:
Departs Balikpapan for Truk.

3 April 1943:
N of Palau. Destroyer YUZUKI joins ARIMA MARU as her sole escort.

3 April 1943:
N of Palau. LtCdr (later Rear Admiral) Roy M. Davenport’s USS HADDOCK (SS-231) sights a large passenger/cargo ship at 19,000 yards that is misidentified as of the 11, 930–ton YASUKUNI MARU-class. HADDOCK, running on the surface, tracks the ship for five hours and finally pulls ahead. As the grey-painted ship nears, HADDOCK’s crew spots an escort to starboard that they misidentify as a "corvette".

At 1255 (I), Davenport fires a stern torpedo at the destroyer and three stern torpedoes at ARIMA MARU. The torpedo runs too deep and misses the destroyer, but the other three hit and stop the big ship. Davenport sees her on fire and down by the bow, but then the destroyer counterattacks.

As depth charges fall, Davenport takes HADDOCK deep – too deep! At about 415 feet, far below test depth, her conning tower begins to deform. Davenport evacuates the conning tower, evades the destroyer, then makes for Pearl Harbor. YUZUKI rescues survivors from sinking ARIMA MARU.

4 April 1943:
ARIMA MARU sinks at 10-12N, 134-35E.

1 May 1943:
Removed from the Navy List.


Authors' Notes:
Thanks for assistance goes to Sander Kingsepp of Estonia.

- Bob Hackett and Peter Cundall.


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