(2TM SOEI MARU, postwar )
Tabular Record of Movement
© 2011-2013 Bob Hackett
Osaka. Laid down at Hitachi Zosen K. K., Sakurajima as a 2,858-ton Type 2TM tanker for Mitsubishi Kisen, K.K., Tokyo.
Launched and named CERAM MARU.
CERAM MARU serves mainly as a "Rikugun Sempaku Uneikai Haitosen", i.e. a maru chartered with a civilian crew and controlled by the Sempaku Uneikai (Civilian Shipping Administration), but shared with the IJA at ballast voyage.
3 June 1944:
At 0415, CERAM MARU departs Imari Bay in convoy MI-05 also consisting of fleet oiler NOTORO and tankers AYAGIRI, AYANAMI, BAIEI, FUYUKAWA, KENZUI, NITTETSU, OEI, SAN DIEGO, TACHIBANA, TOA, TOKUWA and YAMASACHI (converted type K ore carrier) and YAMAMIZU MARU No. 2 and cargo/transports HINAGA, KENEI, MARIFU, NIPPO (ex-Chinese NINGPO), SURAKARUTA, TATSUJU and SHOEI MARUs and 13 unidentified merchant ships escorted by kaibokan CD-14, CD-18, torpedo boat SAGI, patrol boat PB-38, minesweeper W-17, auxiliary subchaser
CHa-22 and two unidentified warships.
8 June 1944:
Arrives at Keelung.
9 June 1944:
11 June 1944:
Transports ARIMASAN, MANILA, MIIKESAN and USSURI MARUs and tankers JINEI and SAN DIEGO MARUs and KYOEI MARU No. 8 join the convoy from Takao escorted by minelayer MAESHIMA and auxiliary subchaser CHa-95. TOA and SHOEI MARUs are detached.
13 June 1944:
LtCdr John D. Crowley's (USNA '31) USS FLIER (SS-250) torpedoes and damages MARIFU MARU at 15-57N 119-42E. MARIFU MARU is taken in tow by MIIKESAN MARU and later arrives at Manila and later towed to Cavite.
15 June 1944:
The convoy arrives at Manila.
18 June 1944:
CERAM MARU departs Manila for Miri, W Borneo in convoy MI-05 also consisting of fleet oiler NOTORO, tankers TACHIBANA, SAN DIEGO, JINEI, KENZUI, ATAGO, AYANAMI, BAIEI, OEI and TOKUWA MARUs, YAMAMIZU MARU No. 2, and KYOEI MARU No. 8 and cargo/transports ARIMASAN, DAIZEN, HIDA, HINAGA, MIIKESAN, NICHIYO, NIPPO (ex-Chinese NINGPO), ROKKO, SURAKARUTA, TATSUJU, TEIFU and SEIWA MARUs with the same escorts.
23 June 1944:
At 1257, arrives at Miri. Loads fuel.
27 June 1944:
At 1650, CERAM MARU departs Miri for Moji with convoy MI-06 also consisting of OGURA MARU No. 2, YAMAMIZU MARU No. 2, UNKAI MARU No. 5, MATSUMOTO, TACHIBANA, TOKUWA, KOTOKU, NICHINAN, NANSEI, ATAGO and ZUIHO MARUs escorted by kaibokan CD-14, minesweeper W-18 and patrol boat PB-38.
2 July 1944:
At 0845, arrives at Manila. While entering the harbor, CERAM MARU is in a collision with NANEI MARU and is severely damaged.
Manila. Undergoes repairs.
22 September 1944:
Manila harbor. While still undergoing repairs, CERAM MARU is bombed by aircraft of Task Force 38 and sinks at 14-35N, 120-55E. Casualities are unknown.
Hulk is raised by U.S. forces during harbor clearance, towed to deep water and scuttled.
- Bob Hackett
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