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

IJN KASHINO:
Tabular Record of Movement

© 2007-2014 Bob Hackett, Sander Kingsepp and Peter Cundall.

Revision 1


1 July 1939:
Nagasaki. Laid down at Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. shipyard

23 December 1939:
Rated an auxiliary turret conveyance warship and designated KASHINO.

26 January 1940:
Launched.

10 July 1940:
Completed and registered in the Kure Naval District.

October 1941:
Departs Kure carrying the first of nine of Battleship No. 2’s (later named MUSASHI) Type 94 457-mm (18.1-inch) main guns and a turret. At 2000, KASHINO arrives at Mitsubishi’s Nagasaki shipyard. The turret and the gun are hoisted aboard the battleship’s deck by a 350-ton capacity derrick. Once aboard, the turret and gun are covered with canvas to maintain secrecy.

Later, KASHINO transports ordnance and general goods from Kure to Nagasaki at regular intervals.

1 June 1942:
At Ominato.

15 June 1942:
Departs Ominato.

16 June 1942:
Arrives at Otaru.

20 June 1942:
Departs Otaru.

23 June 1942:
Arrives at Shibaura.

28 June 1942:
Departs Shibaura.

30 June 1942:
Arrives at Kushiro.

2 July 1942:
Departs Kushiro.

3 July 1942:
Arrives at Muroran.

6 July 1942:
Departs Muroran.

7 July 1942:
Arrives at Yokosuka Naval Yard.

8 July 1942:
Transfers from Yokosuka to Shibaura.

13 July 1942:
Departs Shibaura.

14 July 1942:
Arrives at Osaka.

18 July 1942:
Departs Osaka and later that day arrives at Kure.

24 July 1942:
Arrives Kure and later that day arrives off Hesaki.

25 July 1942:
Departs Hesaki.

28 July 1942:
Arrives at Takao.

4 September 1942:
70 nms NE of Keelung, Formosa. LtCdr Howard W. Gilmore’s (later Cdr/MOH, posthumously) (USNA ’26) USS GROWLER (SS-215) torpedos and sinks KASHINO at 25-45N,122-42E. [1]

20 October 1942:
Removed from the Navy List.


Authors' Note:
[1] In Jun ’42, after the losses at the Battle of Midway, construction of the YAMATO-class battleship SHINANO at Yokosuka Navy Yard was suspended and she began reconstruction as an aircraft-carrier. With no battleships building on the ways or approved for future construction, the IJN welded over KASHINO’s two large hatches used to transport gun turrets. In need of bottoms for transport of ammunition and supplies, KASHINO was put into service as a supply ship and sunk soon thereafter.

Thanks to Mr. Gilbert Casse of France for general assistance.

- Bob Hackett, Sander Kingsepp and Peter Cundall.


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