(MOMOHA MARU, prewar)

MOMOHA MARU: Tabular Record of Movement

2014-2017 Bob Hackett

Stockton-on-Tees. Laid down by Craig, Taylor & Co. Ltd, as Yard No. 200, a 3,143-ton Standard Type C cargo ship for The Shipping Controller (WWI), London.

28 June 1918:
Launched and named WAR ISLAND.

September 1918:
Completed and managed by Gibbs & Co.

Sold to the Watkin James Williams, Cardiff, U.K. Renamed COSMOS VOLGA.


Sold to St. Mary SS Co. (Williams Bros), Cardiff. Renamed GOLDENWAY,

Sold to Tatsuuma Kisen K. K., Nishinomiya, Japan. Renamed MOMOHA MARU.

26 November 1941:
Requisitioned by the IJA to serve as a troop transport. Allotted Army No. No. 663.

29 September 1942:
MOMOHA MARU departs Saeki for Rabaul in convoy OKI, Part 6, also consisting of EHIME, SUMIYOSHI and YASUKUNI MARUs escorted by torpedo boat HATO and patrol boat PB-31.

October 1942:
Convoy OKI, Part 6, arrives at Rabaul.

17 January 1943:
MOMOHA MARU departs Ujina for Rabaul in convoy "U " also consisting of INDUS, KIRIHA, MEIKAI, NAGANO and YAMATO MARUs escorted by patrol boat PB-31 and subchaser CH-36.

E 19 January 1943:
At 29N, destroyer YUNAGI rendezvous with convoy "U" and takes over escort. PB-31 and subchaser CH-36 are detached..

27 January 1943:
Subchaser CH-18 rendezvous with convoy "U" at 00-30N, 149-40E and takes over escort. YUNAGI is detached.

31 January 1943:
At 0120, convoy "U" arrives at Rabaul.

12 March 1943:
At 1420, MOMOHA MARU departs Rabaul in a convoy also consisting of ASAKA, FLORIDA, NISHIYAMA (SEIZAN), TASMANIA, TOHO and TONEI MARUs escorted by destroyer MOCHIZUKI and Navy salvage tug NAGAURA.

15 March 1943:
At 1115, LtCdr (later Rear Admiral) Roy S. Benson's (USNA '29) USS TRIGGER (SS-237) torpedoes and hits MOMOHA MARU in the engine room. All aboard quickly abandon ship. At 1120, she sinks at 00-02S, 145-05E, but there are no casualties.

At 1355, as the escorts are transferring survivors to FLORIDA MARU, she is also torpedoed and damaged by TRIGGER. Subchaser CH-23, that came to assist, rescues survivors.

Author's Note:
Thanks to Erich Muehlthaler of Germany.

Bob Hackett

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