Tabular Record of Movement

© 2011 Bob Hackett

February 1943:
Innoshima. Laid down at Hitachi Zosen K. K. as a 6,008-ton Type 1K Standard Merchant ore carrier for Nippon Yusen Kaisha (NYK) K.K., Tokyo.

Launched and named HIKACHI MARU.

October 1943:

18 October 1944:
At 0700, HIKACHI (NISSHO) MARU departs Imari Bay, near Sasebo, for Cap St. Jacques, Indochina and Miri, Borneo in convoy MI-23 consisting of ENRYAKU, MUNAKATA, MATSUMOTO, KOSHIN, EININ, 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 last torpedo-a defective Mark-18 electric. CD-34 is detached for Takao, Formosa with the POWs.

26 October 1944:
At 0600, the convoy anchors outside Amoy harbor, China. At 1800, the convoy departs.

27 October 1944:
At 0800, the convoy arrives at Mako, Pescadores.

29 October 1944:
At 0800, the convoy departs Amoy for Cap St. Jacques.

30-31 October 1944:
Aircraft attack the convoy, but no damage is received.

4 November 1944:
At 1803, the convoy arrives at Cap St. Jacques.

9 November 1944:
At 0235, the convoy departs Cap St. Jacques.

12 November 1944:
Arrives at Singapore.

27 November 1944:
At 0205, HIKACHI MARU departs Singapore in convoy SHISA-30 consisting of EININ, TOHO, FUJISAN, ENRYAKU, 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 Saei (Tsoying).

15 August 1945: Hostilities End:
Emperor Hirohito accepts the terms of the Potsdam Declaration (of unconditional surrender).

HIKACHI MARU is acquired by Hokusei Kaiun K.K., Tokyo. Renamed KAMUI MARU.

Sold to New Taiwan Marine Transportation Co., Ltd., Keelung, Taiwan. Renamed YUNG TAI.

April 1968:
Begins scrapping at Kaohsiung (formerly Takao), Taiwan.

Author's Note:
Also known as NISSHO MARU.

- Bob Hackett

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