(Standard 2AT Tanker KENJO MARU by Ueda Kihachiro)
Tabular Record of Movement
© 2011-2013 Bob Hackett
23 September 1944:
Tamano. Laid down at the Mitsubishi Jukogyo K. K.
shipyard as a 6,968-ton Type 2A Standard Cargo Ship for Nippon Yusen K.K., Tokyo.
Converted to a Standard 2AT Tanker while on the ways.
Launched and named EININ MARU
18 October 1944:
At 0700, EININ MARU departs Imari Bay, near Sasebo,
for Cap St. Jacques, Indochina and Miri, Borneo in convoy MI-23 consisting of
MUNAKATA, HIKACHI (NISSHO), MATSUMOTO, KOSHIN, ENRYAKU, RITSUEI, YAMASONO,
EBARA, ENREKI, SHOEI, HIROTA, UNZEN, YOKAI and SHIROTAE MARUs and YUZAN MARU No.
2 and survey ship HAKUSA escorted by kaibokan CD-14, CD-20, CD-34, CD-38, CD-39,
CD-46 and patrol boats PB-38 and P-102 (ex-USS STEWART, DD-224).
20 October 1944:
Anchors in Raro Bay, Chosen (Korea).
22 October 1944:
At the Shushan anchorage, E of Shanghai.
24 October 1944:
75 miles ENE of Foochow, China. At 1000, HIROTA,
UNZEN and YOKAI MARUs are detached for Takao escorted by PB-38 and PB-102.
25 October 1944:
Formosa Strait. At 0208, Cdr (later Rear Admiral-Ret) Richard H. O’Kane’s USS TANG (SS-306), running on the surface, torpedoes and sinks EBARA and MATSUMOTO MARUs at 25-04N, 119-35E. TANG commences another attack, but one of her remaining torpedoes commences a circular run.
CD-34’s lookouts spot the torpedo and witness an explosion which sinks the submarine. Nine American submariners are found drifting on the surface including Captain O’Kane.
CD-34 rescues the survivors and later claims to have sunk TANG, but, in fact, the submarine was sunk by TANG's very last torpedo - a defective BuOrd Mark-18 torpedo. CD-34 is detached with the POWs for Takao, Formosa.
27 November 1944: At 0205, EININ MARU departs Singapore in convoy SHISA-30 also consisting of ENRYAKU, TOHO, FUJISAN, HIKACHI (NISSHO), TATSUMIYA, YAMAKUNI and DAISHU MARUs escorted by kaibokan CD-27, minesweeper W-34, subchasers CH-34 and CH-35 and auxiliary gunboat HUASHAN (KAZAN) MARU.
30 November 1944:
Arrives at St Jacques, Vichy French, Indochina.
Reconverted to dry cargo service.
Sold to Hayashikane Kaiun K.K., Tokyo
Tokyo. Transfers to Taiyo Gyogyo K. K. Re-engined and converted to a refrigerated carrier. Her weight increases to 7,492 gross register tons.
Transfers to Taiyo Gyogyo K. K. and Hokkaido Gyogyo Kosha K.K., Tokyo.
Transfers to Taiyo Gyogyo K.K., Tokyo
Sold to Daien Reizo K.K., Shimizu. Renamed DAIEN MARU.
Sold to an unknown buyer.
Scrapped at an unknown location.
- Bob Hackett
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