KAIJO MARU No. 2 GO as a prewar tanker


Tabular Record of Movement

© 1998-2017 Bob Hackett and Peter Cundall.

Revision 4

17 December 1936:
Yokohama. Laid down by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries’ shipyard as an 8,632-ton tanker for Nippon Tanker K. K., Tokyo.

7 August 1937:
Launched and named KAIJO MARU.

18 October 1937:

15 April 1940:
Chartered to Nitto Kogyo Kisen, K. K., Tokyo.

31 March 1941:
Ownership is transferred to Nitto Kogyo Kisen.

12 November 1941:
Requisitioned by the IJN.

15 November 1941:
Yokohama. Begins conversion at Mitsubishi Heavy Industries shipyard.

1 December 1941:
Registered as a specially installed transport (oil supply) in the Yokosuka Naval District. Recalled Captain-Ret. Ishikawa Tetsushiro (33) is appointed Supervisor.

Secret Secretariat Order number 11623 is issued that renames the ship KAIJO MARU No. 2 GO. [1]

8 December 1941:
Reassigned to the Fourth Fleet at Truk.

20 December 1941:
The conversion is completed.

27 December 1941:
Departs Yokosuka supposedly for Roi and Kwajalein military base.

3 January 1942:
Arrives at Truk.

12 January 1942:
Departs Truk for Rabaul.

15 January 1942:
Arrives at Mereyon.

17 January 1942:
At 0940 departs Mereyon.

19-20 January 1942:
Refuels destroyer MUTSUKI at sea.

23 January 1942:
Arrives at Rabaul. Refuels light cruiser YUBARI.

31 January 1942:
Departs Rabaul via Truk for Yokosuka.

1 February 1942:
At 0900 reports an unsuccessful submarine attack.

12 February 1942:
Arrives at Yokosuka.

19 February 1942:
Departs Yokosuka.

27 February 1942:
Arrives at Truk.

1 March 1942:
Departs Truk for Rabaul.

5 March 1942:
130 miles S of Truk. At about 2300, LtCdr Edward S. Hutchinson’s (USNA ’26) USS GRAMPUS (SS-207) torpedoes and sinks KAIJO MARU No. 2 GO at 04-52N, 151-20E. Captain Ishikawa and 89 crewmen and passengers are KIA.

Captain Ishikawa is promoted Rear Admiral, posthumously.

1 April 1942:
Removed from the Navy List.

Authors' Notes:
[1] The IJN renamed requisitioned vessels when a ship of the same name already existed in the fleet. For example, KAIJO MARU became KAIJO MARU No. 2. Some ships also had a "Go" (name symbol) added, so KAIJO MARU No. 2 became KAIJO MARU No. 2 GO.

Photo credit goes to the Dan Wheeler collection via Ron Wolford and Gilbert Casse. Thanks to Mr. Gilbert Casse of France for a general review and to Gengoro Toda of Japan.

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