(Ukishima Maru by Ueda Kihachiro)
IJN KINJOSAN MARU:
Tabular Record of Movement
© 2010-2011 Bob Hackett and Sander Kingsepp
10 March 1936:
Tama. Laid down at Mitsui Bussan K. K. Zosembu Kojo.
1 August 1936:
Launched and named KINJOSAN MARU.
30 September 1936:
Completed for Mitsui Line, Kobe
In service on Mitsui’s Yokohama – Dairen, Manchuria route.
After the outbreak of the Sino-Japanese War, KINJOSAN MARU is temporarily requisitioned by the Army as troop transport No. 178, but soon released from this duty as a result of structural integrity issues.
3 February 1941:
Requisitioned by the IJN. Begins conversion to an armed merchant cruiser (AMC) at Osaka Iron Works.
1 March 1941:
Registered in the Kure Naval District as an auxiliary cruiser. LtCdr Sabi Yutaka is appointed CO.
10 April 1941:
Departs Osaka and later arrives at Kure.
9 May 1941:
Kure Navy Yard. Outfitting work is completed. Attached to the Kure Guard Force.
12 August 1941:
Recalled Captain Todo Isao (35)(former CO of MINEKAZE) is appointed CO.
1 December 1941:
Attached to the Kure Local Defense Squadron, Bungo Straits Guard Unit.
4 December 1941:
At 0700, departs Saeki to lay defensive minefields in the Bungo Suido with AMC's BANGKOK and SAIGON MARUs. Lays Mines in Area No.7., then returns to Saeki.
6 December 1941:
Departs Saeki with AMC's BANGKOK and SAIGON MARUs. Lays mines in Area No. 8 of the Bungo Straits and returns to Saeki.
7 December 1941:
At 1000, departsSaeki with AMC's BANGKOK and SAIGON MARUs. Lays mines in Area No. 10 of the Bungo Straits and returns to Saeki.
10 December 1941:
Reassigned to Rear Admiral (later Vice Admiral) Ishikawa Shigeru’s (former CO of Kinu) Kure Local Defense Squadron. At 0655, departs Saiki and heads out to assist crippled tanker SAN DIEGO MARU that has struck a mine in the recently laid defensive barrage. Later that day returns to Saiki.
11 December 1941:
At 0625, departs Saeki to lay defensive minefields in the Bungo Suido with AMC's BANGKOK and SAIGON MARUs. Lays mines in Area No. 12 of the Bungo Straits and returns to Saeki.
12 December 1941:
Departs Saeki and lays mines in Areas No. 9, 13 and 14 of the Bungo Straits and returns to Saeki.
23 December 1941:
Departs Saeki to patrol in eastern channel of Bungo Straits during the return of Vice Admiral Nagumo’s Mobile Force, returns on that same day.
26 December 1941:
27 December 1941:
At 1100, arrives at Yuranai. Lays mines in Area No. 1 of the Kii Straits.
28 December 1941:
At 1000 departs Saeki for Yuranai.
31 December 1941:
Completes laying mines in Area No. 1 of the Kii Straits. Departs Yuranai.
1 January 1942:
Completes laying mines in Areas No. 2, 3 and 4 of the Kii Straits.
3 January 1942:
At 0800, arrives at Kure.
5 January 1942:
At 0900, departs Kure and later that day arrives at Saeki.
8 January 1942:
At 0800, departs Saeki to patrol the Bungo Straits.
10 January 1942:
At 0800, arrives at Saeki.
15 January 1942:
Captain Todo receives Kure Guard Force Secret field order No. 1 that attaches KINJOSAN MARU to the Kure Guard Squadron Main Body.
21 January 1942:
At 0800, departs Saeki.
22 January 1942:
At 1145, arrives at Yoshimi.
23 January 1942:
24 January 1942:
Arrives at Kure.
6 February 1942:
At 0900, departs Kure.
7 February 1942:
At 1245, arrives at Saeki.
23 February 1942:
At 0900, departs Saeki.
25 February 1942:
At 2330, arrives at Satsuki. Participates in defensive exercises, gun fire and emergency action drills then returns to Satsuki.
26 February 1942:
Departs Satsuki. Participates in defensive exercises, gun fire and emergency action drills, then returns to Satsuki. Later departs Satsuki and at 1800 arrives at Saeki.
6 March 1942:
Captain Todo receives Kure Guard Force Secret field order No. 2 that assigns KINJOSAN MARU to participate in an anti-submarine sweep from 7 to 12 March.
7 March 1942:
Arrives at Sukumo.
8 March 1942:
10 March 1942:
Arrives at Sukumo.
11 March 1942:
15 March 1942:
Captain Todo receives Kure Guard Force Secret field order No. 3 that attaches KINJOSAN MARU to the Bungo Guard Force.
29 March 1942:
Arrives at Kure.
10 April 1942:
Reassigned to the Fourth Fleet’s 24th Surface Escort Division at Truk.
25 April 1942:
Departs Kure for Truk.
4 May 1942:
At 1825 (L), LtCdr (later Rear Admiral) Henry C. Bruton’s USS GREENLING (SS-213) sights a heavily loaded 5,800-ton armed merchant resembling TACOMA MARU, heading for Truk. From 950 yards, Bruton fires a single torpedo at KINJOSAN MARU. Hit amidships, she breaks in two and sinks in less than three minutes at 09-25N, 151-51E. Captain Todo and an unknown number of crewmen are KIA. Todo is promoted Rear Admiral, posthumously.
13 May 1942:
Repair ship YAMASHIMO MARU rescues three survivors from KINJOSAN MARU at 10-18N, 147-02E.
20 May 1942:
Removed from the Navy List.
Also known as KINZYOSAN MARU and KINPOSAN MARU.
Thanks go to Peter Cundall of Australia for info in Rev 1.
- Bob Hackett and Sander Kingsepp.
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