(Wartime Standard Merchant Tanker 1TL)
Tabular Record of Movement
© 2011 Bob Hackett
7 April 1943:
Nagasaki. Laid down at Mitsubishi Heavy Industries’ shipyard as
a 10,570-ton Type 1TL Standard Tanker for Nitto Kisen K.K., Tokyo.
7 July 1943:
Launched and named KYOKUEI MARU.
12 October 1943:
At 1600, KYOKUEI MARU departs Moji in convoy HI-13
consisting of tanker AMATSU MARU and transport/cargo ships SANUKI, NANKAI,
MIZUHO, AOBASAN, FUSO and MANILA MARUs escorted by destroyer ASAKAZE and
16 October 1943:
Arrives at Takao, Formosa.
18 October 1943:
21 October 1943:
Arrives at Samah, Hainan Island.
24 October 1943:
30 October 1943:
At 1546, arrives at Singapore.
3 November 1943:
At 1210, KYOKUEI MARU departs Singapore in convoy
HI-14 consisting of oiler AMATSU MARU, transports (ex-seaplane tender) KAGU,
AWA, HOKUROKU and AKI MARUs escorted by kaibokan TSUSHIMA.
8 November 1943:
Near Dangerous Ground, Palawan, Philippines. At
0505, LtCdr George E. Porter's USS BLUEFISH (SS-222) attacks the convoy on the
surface. Porter fires all ten of his tubes; one torpedo prematures just after
leaving the tube. BLUEFISH reloads and Porter makes three more attacks sinking
KYOKUEI MARU with two torpedoes at 17-00N, 116-17E. TSUSHIMA is detached to
rescue survivors, but is unable to relocate the convoy.
10 November 1943:
TSUSHIMA makes Takao safely and lands KYOKUEI MARU's survivors.
- Bob Hackett
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