GLASGOW MARU, prewar)
IJA Transport GLASGOW MARU:
Tabular Record of Movement
© 2012-2017 Bob Hackett
21 February 1919:
Kobe. Laid down at Kawasaki Shipbuilding as a 5,864-ton cargo ship for the Kokusai Kisen, K. K. Line.
10 April 1919:
Launched and named GLASGOW MARU.
8 May 1919:
23 June 1919:
GLASGOW MARU arrives at Ellis Island, New York.
29 September 1919:
Arrives at Ellis Island, New York from Plymouth,
26 June 1924:
Arrives at Ellis Island, NY from Hamburg, Germany.
7 August 1924:
Galveston Texas. GLASGOW MARU, while backing out of a
slip, collides with barge LOUISE moored at her regular berth.
31 October 1931:
GLASGOW MARU loads trolley cars for DuPont’s International Freighting Corp. (USA) at Philadelphia, PA’s south wharves for shipment to Valparaiso, Chile.
20 May 1932:
Arrives at Fremantle, SW Australia.
9 June 1932:
Arrives at Sydney, SE Australia from Durban, South Africa carrying 6,000-tons of wheat.
11 July 1932:
Arrives at Falmouth, England from Fremantle, Australia.
15 July 1932:
Arrives at Port Said, Egypt.
Hikoshima, Japan. Enters dock. Undergoes repairs and annual survey. Also inspected by Lloyds' of London insurance representatives and receives 100-A1 classification.
Undocked. Departs Hikoshima.
25 February 1934:
Arrives at Manila, Philippines where she takes on bunker coal and loads a cargo of bags of sugar bound for Philadelphia, USA. Next, she steams to nearby Nasugbu and loads about 24,000 bags of sugar bound for Savannah, Georgia.
4 March 1934:
5 March 1934:
Arrives at Bais, Philippine Islands. Loads 48,000 bags of sugar bound for the United States.
10 March 1934:
At about 1700, departs Bais for the east coast of United States via Honolulu, and Los Angeles.
Departs Los Angeles for Yokahoma carrying a cargo of cotton.
8 July 1935:
Arrives at Belfast, Northern Ireland.
27 November 1941:
Requisitioned by the IJA as a troop transport. Alloted IJA No. 768.
18 February 1942: Operation "J" - The Invasion of Java, Netherlands East
GLASGOW MARU is attached to Vice Admiral Takahashi's Third Fleet,
Southern Force, Netherlands East Indies Force in Vice Admiral Ozawa Jisaburo’s
Western Java Seizure Force.
Departs Camranh Bay in a convoy comprised of 56 troop transports. They
carry the 2nd Infantry Division for the invasions of Merak, Bantam Bay and
Eretan, Java escorted by light cruisers NATORI, and YURA and DesDivs 5, 6, 11,
12 and 22. Seaplane tender SANYO MARU provides air cover.
Forty-five transports go to Merak and Bantam Bay Java. GLASGOW MARU and
six transports go to Eretan Wetan including CALCUTTA, HOFUKU, SUWA, UCHIDE, YAE
and YAMAZUKI MARUs.
GLASCOW MARU carries elements of Colonel Shoji Toshishige’s Detachment (“Shoji Detachment”) consisting of the 38th Infantry Division’s 230th Infantry Regiment, a Mountain Artillery Battalion, an Airfield Battalion, an Anti-Tank Battalion, an AA Battery, an Engineer Company, a Light Tank Company, two Independent Engineer Companies, a Motor Transport Company, the 40th Anchorage Headquarters and a platoon of the Bridge Material Company.
1 March 1942:
The seven transports arrive at Eretan Wetan, Java and land troops.
5 March 1942:
All seven transports depart Eretan Wetan for Singapore and arrive that day.
19 March 1942: "U" transport operation to Burma (U Sakusen):
The First Burma Transport Convoy departs Singapore consisting of 32 ships with main body of the 56th Division: GLASGOW, AOBASAN, GENOA, HAVRE, HARUNA, HIBURI, HOFUKU, HOKUMEI, KAZUURA, KIZAN, KUSUYAMA, KOTOHIRA, NAKO, NAGARA, NICHIRAN, NAPLES, MYOKO, MOMOYAMA,SANKO, SAKITO, SHINAI, SHINRYU, SHUNSEI, SYDNEY, SHINANOGAWA, SUMATRA, TATEISHI, TOKIWA, TSUYAMA and YAE MARUs and two others.
25 March 1942:
The First Burma Transport Convoy arrives at Rangoon, Burma (now Yangon, Myanmar).
16 April 1942:
At 1215, GLASCOW MARU departs Singapore for Dairen,
Manchuria in an unidentified convoy also consisting of ATLAS, FRANCE, HAVRE,
HEIAN, MOMOYAMA, MYOKO, RYUNAN, SANKO TOKIWA and TSUYAMA MARUs escorted by
kaibokan SHIMUSHU, torpedo boats OTORI and HIYODORI, patrol PB-35 and auxiliary
gunboat DAIGEN MARU No. 7. The convoy is transporting the IJA’s 3rd Tank Corps.
The escorts protect the convoy to latitude 16N where the convoy is escorted by
unknown units of the IJN's North China Area Fleet.
19 April 1942:
The convoy is joined by CALCUTTA, SYDNEY and GENKAI MARUs transporting several IJA aviation units from Bangkok.
At an unknown location, CALCUTTA MARU and her two consorts are detached for Takao to refuel.
24 April 1942:
At 1018, GLASGOW MARU and the remainder of the convoy arrives at Hong Kong. At 1855, it departs.
1 May 1942:
GLASGOW MARU and most of the original convoy from Singapore arrives at Dairen, Manchuria.
11 July 1942
Returned to her owners.
18 January 1943:
Re-requisitioned by the IJA.
1 May 1943:
At 1500, GLASGOW MARU departs Palau in a convoy also consisting of HIBURI, OSUMI, YUBAE, KANJO and THAMES MARUs escorted by subchasers CH-24 and CH-39.
9 May 1943:
At 1200, arrives at Rabaul.
3 June 1943:
At 0930, GLASGOW MARU departs Rabaul in a convoy also consisting of DAINICHI, GENMEI, KENRYU, NAGANO and SAMARANG MARUs escorted by subchasers CH-22 and
11 June 1943:
Arrives at Palau.
22 August 1943:
Gulf of Martaban, Indian Ocean. GLASGOW MARU strikes a mine and sinks off Rangoon, Burma (now Yangon, Myanamar) at 22-27N, 120-08E.
Thanks go to Erich Muehlthaler of Germany.