RIKUGUN YUSOSEN

(Sister KACHOSAN MARU, prewar)

IJA/IJN KATSURAGISAN MARU: Tabular Record of Movement

2014-2017 Bob Hackett


20 June 1925:
Tama. Mitsui Bussan Zosensho, K. K. Laid down as Yard No. 103, a 2,428-ton cargo ship for Mitsui Bussan Kaisha (Steamship Co.), K. K.

29 December 1924:
Launched and named KATSURAGISAN MARU

31 July 1925:
Completed.

30 July 1937:
Requisitioned by the Imperial Army (IJA). Allotted IJA No. 41.

1 April 1938:
Released back to her owners.

Unknown date:
Re-requisitioned by the Imperial Army (IJA).

11 June 1942:
At 0655, KATSURAGISAN MARU departs Yokohama in an unnumbered northbound convoy also consisting of cargo/transports FUKOKU, KIKUKAWA, KOWA, OTORI (ex-Panamanian BOYACA), SEIKAI, TAKUSAN and YUKIKAWA MARU escorted by survey ship KOMAHASHI. Later that day, KOMAHASHI is detached.

25 June 1942:
KATSURAGISAN MARU departs Tokyo for Ominato, northern Honshu in an unnumbered convoy also consisting of cargo/transports FUKUEI, HEIWA, NORWAY and SEIKAI MARUs escorted by destroyer OKIKAZE.

E 26 June 1942:
OKIKAZE is detached.

27 June 1942:
Arrives at Ominato.

28 December 1942:
KATSURAGISAN MARU is transferred to Mitsui Bussan Kaisha of Tokyo with its establishment.

9 April 1943: < BR> KATSURAGISAN MARU departs Wada-Misaki, Kobe in convoy No. 8409 also consisting of cargo/transports OYO (WOYO), RYUA, TAISHU, TEISHO (ex-German HAVENSTEIN) and WAKATAKE MARUs and HAKUTETSU MARU No. 7, SHINSEI MARU No. 18 and tanker KYOEI MARU No. 5 escorted by minesweeper W-5.

10 April 1943:
Arrives at Yokkaichi and departs.

11 April 1943:
Arrives at Yokosuka.

E1943:
Released back to her owners.

17 December 1943:
KATSURAGISAN MARU is requisitioned by the Imperial Navy (IJN) as a (B-AK) Ippan Choyosen.

20 December 1943:
Departs Tokyo and arrives at Yokosuka.

20-25 December 1943:
In port.

25 December 1943:
At 0700, KATSURAGISAN MARU departs Yokosuka for Truk in convoy No. 3225 also consisting of MATSUTAN MARU escorted by kaibokan HIRADO.

6 January 1944:
Arrives at Truk.

January 1944:
At 0513, entering the NE Channel into Truk, KATSURAGISAN MARU strikes a defensive mine and sinks. Five crewmen are KIA.

29 February 1944:
Removed from the Navy List.


Author's Note:
Thanks go to Erich Muehlthaler of Germany.

Bob Hackett


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