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(Oiler by Takeshi Yuki scanned from "Color Paintings of Japanese Warships")

IJN HISHI MARU:

Tabular Record of Movement

2010-2016 Bob Hackett and Peter Cundall.

Revision 4


14 May 1931:
Kobe. Laid down at Mitsubishi Shipbuilding as an 856-ton coastal tanker for Mitsubishi Shoji K.K.

15 September 1931:
Launched and named MITSUBISHI MARU.

15 October 1931:
Completed.

1932:
Sold to Ogimachi Tanker K.K., Yokohama and renamed HISHI MARU. Her new Port of Registry is Yokohama.

1932-1940:
In Ogimachi Tanker's service between Hikoshima, Kawasaki, Nagoya, Osaka, and Saitozaki.

19 December 1940:
Requisitioned by the IJN.

15 October 1941:
Registered in the Kure Naval District as an auxiliary transport (oil supply). Begins conversion. Captain Noma is appointed Supervisor.

October 1941:
Attached to the Yokosuka Naval Base.

5 November 1941:
Completes conversion.

Early December 1941:
Assigned directly to the Combined Fleet. Sails from Tokuyama to Kure. Refuels 16 ships of the Combined Fleet bound for Palau, Celebes, Java and Timor.

8 December 1941:
At Hashirajima.

12 December 1941:
Departs Kure.

24 December 1941:
Arrives at Palau.

29 December 1941:
Departs Palau.

1 January 1942:
Arrives at Davao.

6 January 1942:
At Davao refuels heavy cruisers NACHI and HAGURO.

9 January 1942:
Departs Davao.

26 January 1942:
Arrives at Kure.

5 February 1942:
Departs Kure.

11 July 1942:
Arrives at Kure.

15 July 1942:
Departs Kure.

19 July 1942:
Arrives at Yokosuka.

4 August 1942:
Departs Yokosuka.

21 August 1942:
Arrives at Yokohama.

26 August 1942:
Departs Yokohama.

11 September 1942:
Arrives at Yokohama.

13 September 1942:
Departs Yokohama.

18 September 1942:
Arrives at Kobe.

3 October 1942:
Departs Kobe.

4 October 1942:
Arrives at Yokkaichi. Probably loads aviation gas.

6 October 1942:
Departs Yokkaichi.

8 October 1942:
Arrives at Yokosuka. Probably discharges aviation gas.

12 October 1942:
Departs Yokosuka.

13 October 1942:
Arrives at Yokkaichi. Probably loads aviation gas.

15 October 1942:
Departs Yokkaichi.

16 October 1942:
Arrives at Yokosuka. Probably discharges aviation gas.

20 October 1942:
Departs Yokosuka.

21 October 1942:
Arrives at Yokkaichi. Probably loads aviation gas.

24 October 1942:
Departs Yokkaichi.

25 October 1942:
Arrives at Yokosuka. Probably discharges aviation gas.

3 November 1942:
Arrives at Yokohama. Later departs port.

6 November 1942:
Arrives at Yokkaichi. Probably loads aviation gas.

8 November 1942:
Departs Yokkaichi.

9 November 1942:
Arrives at Yokosuka. Probably discharges aviation gas.

13 November 1942:
Departs Yokosuka.

17 November 1942:
Arrives at Kure.

19 November 1942:
Departs Kure.

20 November 1942:
Arrives at Tokuyama. Probably loads fuel oil.

22 November 1942:
Departs Tokuyama.

26 November 1942:
Arrives at Yokosuka. Probably unloads fuel oil.

2 December 1942:
Departs Yokosuka and arrives at Kawasaki.

4 December 1942:
Departs Kawasaki and arrives at Nagoya.

7 December 1942:
Departs Nagoya and arrives at Yokkaichi. Probably loads aviation gas.

9 December 1942:
Departs Yokkaichi and arrives at Shiba.

10 December 1942:
Departs Shiba and arrives at Yokosuka. Probably discharges aviation gas.

5 January 1943:
Departs Yokosuka and arrives at Yokohama.

6 January 1943:
Departs Yokohama and later arrives at Nagoya.

9 January 1943:
Arrives at Yokkaichi. Probably loads aviation gas.

13 January 1943:
Departs Yokkaichi.

14 January 1943:
Arrives at Yokosuka. Probably discharges aviation gas.

19 January 1943:
Arrives at Kawasaki.

24 January 1943:
Arrives at Tokuyama. Probably loads fuel oil.

28 January 1943:
Departs Tokuyama and arrives at Yokosuka.

1 February 1943:
Arrives at Yokosuka.

5 February 1943:
Departs Yokosuka.

6 February 1943:
Arrives at Yokkaichi. Probably loads aviation gas.

9 February 1943:
Departs Yokkaichi.

10 February 1943:
Arrives Yokosuka. Probably discharges aviation gas. During the month makes calls at Chai and Yokohama.

26 February 1943:
Arrives at Yokosuka. Probably discharges aviation gas.

1 March 1943:
Departs Yokosuka and during the month calls at Shiba and Yokohama.

17 March 1943:
Departs Yokosuka.

18 March 1943:
Arrives at Yokkaichi. Probably loads aviation gas.

20 March 1943:
Departs Yokkaichi.

21 March 1943:
Arrives at Yokosuka. Probably discharges aviation gas.

23 March 1943:
Departs Yokosuka.

30 March 1943:
Arrives at Yokosuka.

1 April 1943:
Departs Yokosuka and during the month calls at Shiba and Yokohama.

30 April 1943:
Arrives at Yokosuka.

1 May 1943:
Departs Yokosuka and during the month calls at Shiba, Yokohama, Yokkaichi and Kawasaki.

31 May 1943:
Arrives at Yokosuka.

6 June 1943:
Departs Yokosuka.

17 June 1943:
Arrives at Yokosuka.

21 June 1943:
Departs Yokosuka.

29 June 1943:
Arrives at Yokosuka.

10 July 1943:
Departs Yokosuka.

11 July 1943:
Arrives at Yokkaichi. Probably loads aviation gas.

13 July 1943:
Departs Yokkaichi.

15 July 1943:
Arrives at Yokosuka. Probably discharges aviation gas.

16 July 1943:
Departs Yokosuka.

30 July 1943:
Yokosuka.

21 August 1943:
Ownership changes to Mitsubishi Sekiyu (Mitsubishi Oil Co., Ltd.).

1 December 1943:
Ownership changes to Mitsubishi Kisen, K. K. (Mitsubishi Steam Ship Co., Ltd.).

6 December 1943:
Departs Yokosuka and makes calls at Gobo, Tokuyama and Sumoto, then returns to Yokosuka.

12 December 1943:
Departs Yokosuka and arrives at Moji.

23 December 1943:
HISHI MARU is being escorted westward by auxiliary minesweeper KEIJIN MARU No. 1.

30 December 1943:
Arrives at Konan (Hungnam), Chosen .

3 January 1944:
Departs Konan.

5 January 1944:
Departs Tokuyama.

8 January 1944:
Arrives Konan.

10 January 1944:
Departs Konan.

13 January 1944:
Arrives at Tokuyama.

20 January 1944:
Arrives at Tokuyama. Probably loads fuel oil.

29 January 1944:
Departs Tokuyama and makes calls at Konan, Kushimoto, Matoya and returns to Yokosuka. Probably unloads fuel oil.

January 1944:
Departs Yokosuka.

28 February 1944:
Arrives at Takasaki.

29 February 1944:
Departs Takasaki and later arrives at Kaminato, Hachijo Jima. Then proceeds to Borawasawa, Yaene, Chichi Jima and Iwo Jima before sailing back to Chichi Jima.

14 March 1944:
At 1058 departs Chichi Jima en route to Iwo Jima escorted by the auxiliary minesweeper KEINAN MARU. Later returns to Chichi Jima.

15 March 1944:
At 1330 arrives at Iwo Jima.

22 March 1944:
At 1135 departs Chichi Jima in convoy with UNKAI MARU No. 7 and SURUGA MARU escorted by auxiliary minesweeper KEINAN MARU and auxiliary patrol boat SHINKO MARU No. 8.

23 March 1944:
At 0804 arrives at Iwo Jima.

24 March 1944:
Early am departs Iwo Jima escorted by the auxiliary minesweeper KEINAN MARU and late that evening arrives back at Chichi Jima.

27 March 1944:
Departs Chichi Jima for Yokosuka.

April 1944:
Departs Yokosuka and makes calls at Shimizu, Tokuyama, Sasebo, and Konan.

27 April 1944:
Arrives at Tokuyama. Probably loads fuel oil.

1 May 1944:
Departs Tokuyama for Konan (Hungnam).

26 May 1944:
Arrives at Tokuyama.

20 May 1944:
Ownership changes to Kinkai Yusosen K.K.

30 May 1944:
Departs Tokuyama.

2 June 1944:
Arrives at Genzan (Wonsan), Chosen (Korea).

3 June 1944:
Departs Genzan for Shimotsu, Tokuyama, Fusan (Pusan)

30 June 1944:
Arrives at Niihama.

1 July 1944:
Departs Niihama for Yokkoichi, Konan and Tokuyama.

26 July 1944:
Arrives at Hikoshima. Enters dock for repairs.

16 August 1944:
Repairs are completed. Departs Hikoshima. Makes calls at Tokuyama, Genzan and Konan.

31 August 1944:
Arrives at Tokuyama. Probably loads fuel oil.

4 September 1944:
Departs Tokuyama. Makes calls at Niihama, Kobe, Yokkaichi , Tokuyama and Genzan.

30 September 1944:
Arrives at Konan.

3 October 1944:
Departs Konan. Makes calls at Urusan (Ulsan), Chosen, Tokuyama and Genzan.

29 October 1944:
Arrives at Tokuyama. Probably loads fuel oil.

2 November 1944:
Departs Tokuyama. Makes calls at Kure, Tokuyama and Konan.

23 November 1944:
Arrives at Tokuyama. Probably loads fuel oil.

13 May 1945:
At 1450 arrives at Maizuru.

15 May 1945:
At 1026 arrives at Maizuru escorted by destroyer YUKIKAZE and cable layer escort HASSHIMA.

30 June 1945:
Removed from the Navy List.

1950:
Sold to Heiwa Kisen K.K., Yokohama.

1954:
Sold to Tabuchi Kaiun K.K., Osaka and renamed TAISEI MARU.

16 May 1966:
Onomichi. Begins scrapping.


- Bob Hackett and Peter Cundall.


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