(DAIREN MARU, prewar)

Tabular Record of Movement

© 2014-2017 Bob Hackett

1 December 1924:
Kobe. Laid down at Mitsubishi Zosen Kaisha, K.K., Kobe, as Yard No. 157, a 3,748-ton passenger-cargo ship for Darien Kisen Kaisha (DKK Line) of Kobe.

8 July 1925:
Launched and named DAIREN MARU. [1]

15 October 1925:
Completed. DAIREN MARU can accommodate 1 first, 55 second, 34 third-class and 200 steerage passengers. Placed on DKK’s Dalian ~ Tsingtao ~ Shanghai route.

6 April 1934:
DAIREN MARU departs Shanghai bound for France.

30 May 1934:
Arrives at Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

30 November 1944:
DAIREN MARU departs Dairen (formerly Port Arthur), Manchuria (Manchukuo)(now Dalian, China) for Moji carrying 422 passengers and 2,125 tons of cargo.

Yellow Sea. Off Inchon, western Korea. At 1410, LtCdr's (later Cdr) Edward E. Shelby's (USNA ’33) USS SUNFISH (SS-281) fires five torpedoes and gets one hit that sinks DAIREN MARU at 38-08N, 124-35E. Seven passengers, 7 gunners and 12 crewmen are KIA.

Author's Note:
[1] Not to be confused with 2,473-ton Army cargo ship TAISOKU (DAIREN) MARU.

Thanks go to Erich Muehlthaler of Germany.

Bob Hackett

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