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


Tabular Record of Movement

© 2008 Bob Hackett and Peter Cundall.

December 1935:
Wakamatsu. Laid down at Tochigi Shipyard as a 380-ton coastal tanker for Tochiki Shoji K. K., Kobe.

February 1936:
Launched and named MOJI MARU.

6 March 1936:

9 March 1938:
Departs Tsingtao.

15 October 1940:
Requisitioned by the IJN.

22 October 1940:
Departs Sasebo to support operations in the southern China area.

15 October 1941:
Registered as a specially installed transport (oil supply) in the Sasebo Naval District.

8 December 1941:
The Japanese move troops across the frontier of Hong Kong's New Territories, attack Kowloon’s Kai Tak airport and bomb Hong Kong’s harbor.

25 December 1941: The Fall of Hong Kong:
Hong Kong's Governor Sir Mark A. Young surrenders the Crown Colony to LtGen Sakai Takashi, CG, 23rd Army. That night, nearly 6,500 British and Commonwealth troops go into Japanese captivity.

December 1941:
MOJI MARU is assigned to perform refueling support in the Hong Kong Area.

1 January 1942:
Off Hong Kong. Naval operated tanker TOEN MARU, 5,332 GRT, is damaged by a mine. MOJI MARU is assigned to lighten the ship of its heavy fuel oil cargo; but high winds and strong currents frequently cause MOJI MARU to operate in areas not yet swept of British mines.

3 January 1942:
SW of Hong Kong. In heavy seas, MOJI MARU enters an unswept area, strikes a mine and sinks.

1 May 1942:
Removed from the Navy List.

- Bob Hackett and Peter Cundall.

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