("Kasashima on Yangtse River supplied by Matthew Jones")

IJN Salvage and Repair Tug KASASHIMA:
Tabular Record of Movement

© 2008-2015 Bob Hackett and Peter Cundall

Revision 3

E 1937:
Aioi. Laid down by Harima Shipbuilding for the IJN as a 600-ton salvage tug.

5 March 1938:

8 March 1938:

13 June 1938:
Completed and registered in the IJN.

25 October 1940:
Renamed KASASHIMA. [1]

November 1941:
Probably assigned to the Third Fleet’s 2nd Base Force Harbor Master’s Office at Takao, Formosa.

17 February 1942:
TOYOKAWA MARU runs aground off Foochow and KASASHIMA is sent to assist. The vessel is successfully refloated.

10 March 1942:
Supposedly reassigned to the Second Southern Expeditionary Fleet’s 22nd Special Base Force’s 22nd Harbor Master’s Office at Balikpapan, Borneo but no evidence that this actually occurred.

13 April 1942:
At 1017 arrives at Amoy.

26 April 1942:
At 1952 arrives at Amoy.

27 April 1942:
At 0730 departs Amoy.

19 August 1942:
Woosung. A prizeship (possibly a captured pirate junk) is handed over to KASASHIMA by auxiliary gunboat DAIGEN MARU No.7.

27 May 1943:
Off Wenchow. KASASHIMA attends SHOKEI MARU, mined earlier that day, and undertakes urgent repairs.

28 June 1943:
Near Wenchow after the destroyer HASU stranded the previous day, KASASHIMA arrives and the tow of HASU is handed over by auxiliary gunboat SHINKO MARU No.1 GO to the salvage tug, which tows the destroyer to Shihpu, arriving later that day.

19 January 1944:
At 0730, KASASHIMA departs Moji for Takao with auxiliary patrol boat MYOJIN MARU No. 2 and small auxiliary patrol boat SHINEI MARU escorting convoy No. 130 consisting of hospital ship ASAHI MARU, passenger/cargo liner TERUKUNI MARU, cargo ships PANAMA, ATSUTA, MAYA and YASUKUNI MARUs and tankers SAN DIEGO MARU and OGURA MARU No. 1.

23 January 1944:
China coast. 14th Air Force North American B-25 "Mitchell" medium bombers attack the convoy at 27-15N 120-45E. PANAMA MARU carrying 2,229 men of the 82nd and 83rd Infantry regiments, 21st Division is sunk. One crewman, two gunners and nine soldiers are KIA. All equipment as well as 5,034 tons of coal are also lost. YASUKUNI and ATSUTA MARUs are damaged.

24 January 1944:
The convoy anchors off Incog Island. B-25's bomb and sink escort MYOJIN MARU No. 2. Patrol boat SHINEI MARU is hit and damaged. Lighthouse tender RYUSEI (ex-Chinese LIU HSING), nearby, but not part of the convoy, is also sunk with unknown casualties.

25 January 1944:
Formosa Straits. At 0620, convoy No. 130's MAYA MARU and oiler OGURA MARU No. 1 collide. MAYA MARU is moderately damaged. KASASHIMA and auxiliary gunboat SHINKO MARU No. 1, that happens to be in the area, steam to render assistance, but are attacked by five B-25's. At 1347, KASASHIMA sinks with unknown casualties. The rest of the convoy is diverted from Takao and arrives at Kirun (Keelung) later that day.

Removed from the Navy List.

Authors' Notes:
[1] Salvage tug HASHIMA was renamed KASASHIMA to avoid confusion when cable-minelayer HASHIMA was completed on 25 October 1940.

Little data were found for tug KASASHIMA's assignments or movements. Readers with access to any such data are requested to post the information on the Discussion and Questions board or's IJN Ship Message Board

Thanks go to Gengoro S. Toda for clearing up the confusion caused by the two ship's names and to Mr Gilbert Casse of France for general assistance.

- Bob Hackett and Peter Cundall.

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