(KUROHIME MARU (ex-BOGSTAD, prewar)
IJA Transport KUROHIME MARU:
Tabular Record of Movement
© 2013-2016 Bob Hackett
Port Glascow, Scotland, UK. Laid down at Lithgow’s (formerly Russell & Co., Ltd.) shipyard, Port Glasgow, as Yard No 724, a 4,606-ton tanker for The Shipping Controller, London, United Kingdom.
20 May 1920:
Launched and named WAR PARSEE.
Sold to D/S A/S Aker (Fearnley & Eger), Kristiania (later
Oslo), Norway and completed as a dry cargo ship. Renamed BOGSTAD.
Sold to Kurohime Kisen Goshi Kaisha of Dairen, Manchuria and renamed KUROHIME MARU.
30 September 1941:
Requistioned by the Imperial Army (IJA) and converted to a troop transport. Alloted IJA No. 400.
13 December 1941 - Operation “E” – The Invasion of Malaya:
departs Camranh Bay in the IJA 5th Infantry Division Transportation Movement.
KUROHIME MARU is in TransDiv 5 with MEIGAN, NICHIRYU, NIKKI, RYUUN, SUEZ, TACOMA
and TOHO MARUs. The Movement carries the main body of the IJA 5th Infantry
16 December 1941:
At 1900, arrives at Pattani, Siam (Thailand).
12 July 1942:
Released by the IJA back to her owners.
22 January 1943:
Re-requistioned by the (IJA).
25 January 1943:
KUROHIME MARU departs Saeki escorting the No. 8
Military Movement “W” Convoy also consisting of EHIME, KOSEI and YASUKUNI, MARUs
escorted by minelayers NUWAJIMA and YURIJIMA.
E 26 January 1943:
The escorts are detached at 29N.
28 March 1943:
At 1500, KUROHIME MARU departs Rabaul for Palau in a
convoy consisting of DENMARK, MAYA, NAGANO, TAIKO, and YAMATO MARUs escorted by
subchaser CH-16. Later that day, CH-24 joins the escort.
29 March 1943:
Late in the afternoon, LtCdr (later Captain) Arnold H.
Holtz's (USNA ’31) USS TUNA (SS-203) sights the convoy, two escorts and two
aircraft overhead. Holtz tracks the convoy into and through the night.
30 March 1943:
NE of Manus Island. At 0750, Holtz fires three
torpedoes at the largest ship. Two hit and sink KUROHIME MARU at 00-35N,
147-55E. 27 passengers and nine crewmen are KIA.