Stories and Battle Histories of the IJN's Salvage and Repair Vessels

8 November 2018

By Bob Hackett and Peter Cundall

Discussion & Questions

(Salvage tug by Takeshi Yuki scanned from "Color Paintings of Japanese Warships")

The TATEGAMI-Class fleet salvage and repair tugs OJIMA and NAGAURA performed towing, salvage and limited repairs. The somewhat smaller HASHIMA-class fleet salvage and repair tugs FUTAGAMI and KASASHIMA served as harbor tugs and also performed salvage and repairs.

The former Dutch Gouvernementsmarine ships POOLSTER and ALBATROS were sunk by the Dutch in Mar '42 to deny their use to the Japanese invaders, but both were refloated and put into IJN service as salvage and rescue vessels HOREI and ARABATO MARUs respectively.

Japanese Salvage and Repair Vessels: Tabular Records of Movement (TROMs)

(Classes link to specifications summaries)

Tategami Class

Ojima(revised 6/4/2010)
Nagaura (revised 8/10/2018)

Yusho Maru Class

Yusho Maru(posted 6/26/2010)

Haruta Maru Class

Haruta Maru(revised 11/8/2018)

Horei Maru Class

Horei Maru(revised 11/8/2018)

Arabato Maru Class

Arabato Maru(revised 11/8/2018)

Hashima Class

Futagami (posted 10/4/2008)
Kasashima (revised 8/10/2018)

Bibliography of Sources

About the Authors

Mr. Robert Hackett is a military historian and researcher. He resides in the United States.

Mr. Peter Cundall is a maritime historian and researcher who specializes in merchant ships. He resides in Australia.

Questions to the authors concerning these TROMs should be posted on the Discussion and Questions board.