KYUTANSEN!

(ISHIKARI MARU, prewar)

IJN ISHIKARI MARU:
Tabular Record of Movement


© 2017 Gilbert Casse, Berend van der Wal and Peter Cundall


27 October 1937:
Tama. Laid down at Tama Zosensho K.K. for Kyoritsu Kisen K.K. as a 3,291 ton cargo ship.

19 February 1938:
Launched and named ISHIKARI MARU.

9 April 1938:
Completed and registered at Kobe.

20 May 1938:
Ownership is changed to Hokkaido Tanso Kisen K.K. and registered homeport to Tokyo.

9 June 1938 ~ 21 September 1938:
Chartered by Nichiro Gyogyo K.K.

7 June 1939 ~ 30 June 1939:
Chartered by Nichiro Gyogyo K. K.

12 June 1940 ~ 30 June 1940:
Chartered by Nichiro Gyogyo K. K.

13 September 1941:
Requisitioned by the IJN.

20 September 1941:
Registered as an auxiliary collier attached to the Yokosuka Naval District under internal instruction No. 1093.

15 October 1941:
Tsurumi. Conversion for military duty is completed at the Nihonkokan K.K. Shipyard.

E October 1941:
Attached to the Yokosuka Naval District as an auxiliary collier, (Otsu) category. [1]

3 December 1941:
Departs Kenjiho, East coast Chosen (now North Korea).

4 December 1941:
Arrives at Yoshiura, Kure.

11 December 1941:
Departs Yoshiura and arrives at Osaka Departs there later that day.

17 December 1941:
Arrives at Tokyo.

22 December 1941:
Departs Tokyo and arrives at Yokosuka later that day.

E 23 December 1941:
Assigned to ammunition transport mission to the South Seas under instruction No. 849. Loads 3,500t of building materials, 500t of munitions and embarks 500 passengers.

24 December 1941:
Departs Yokosuka and arrives at Tokyo later that same day.

1 January 1942:
Departs Tokyo.

6 January 1942:
Arrives at Palau, Western Carolines.

15 January 1942:
Departs Palau.

18 January 1942:
Arrives at Guam (renamed Omiya-Jima after its capture), Marianas.

19 January 1942:
Departs Guam.

24 January 1942:
Arrives at Saipan, Marianas.

27 January 1942:
Departs Saipan.

3 February 1942:
Arrives at Osaka.

5 February 1942:
Departs Osaka.

8 February 1942:
Arrives at Chemulpo, Chosen (now Incheon, South Korea).

13 February 1942:
Departs Chemulpo.

20 February 1942:
Arrives at Muroran, Hokkaido.

27 February 1942:
Departs Muroran.

10 March 1942:
Assigned to troop supply mission under confidential Philippines Forces Command instruction No. 6.

10 ~ 14 March 1942:
Assigned to ammunition transport mission under instruction No 340. Loads 1,070 avgas drums, 212 oil drums, 106t of bombs, 2,098t of munitions and embarks 109 passengers.

14 March 1942:
Departs Tokyo.

17 March 1942:
At 0615, torpedoed by Lt.Cdr. Willard A. Saundersís (USNA í27) USS GRAYBACK (SS-208) about 8 nautical miles W of Port Lloyd, Chichi Jima, Ogasawara Gunto (Bonins) at 27-05N, 142-05E. The engine room is flooded and a fire starts. Listing to port and down by the stern, she is hit again at 0730 and rapidly sinks off Ototo Jima with the loss of 11 crewmen.

1 April 1942:
Removed from the Navy list under internal order No. 562.


Authors' Notes:
[1] There were two categories of Kyutansen. (Ko) category with an IJN Captain as supervisor aboard and (Otsu) category without.

Thanks go to Gengoro S. Toda of Japan.

- Berend van der Wal, Gilbert Casse and Peter Cundall.


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