(SETTSU MARU by Ueda Kihachiro)

IJA Landing Craft Depot Ship SETTSU MARU:
Tabular Record of Movement

2010-2011 Bob Hackett and Peter Cundall

Innoshima. Laid down at Hitachi Shipbuilding as a Standard Type M cargo vessel for Nippon Kaiun K. K., Tokyo. Requisitioned by the IJA and converted to a 9,725-ton landing craft depot ship.

Launched and named SETTSU MARU.

15 January 1945:

25 January 1945:
Departs Ujina.

27 January 1945:
Arrives Kirun.

9 February 1945:
At 0700, SETTSU and HYUGA MARUs depart Kirin (Keelung), Formosa in convoy TAMO-41 escorted by kaibokan IKUNA, CD-67 and CD-76. At 1900, anchors at Mazu Shan.

10 February 1945:
At 0700, departs Mazu Shan.

11 February 1945:
At 1930, anchors off Hsiao Pan Island in Chou Shan (Chusan) island Group.

12 February 1945:
At 0230, departs from off Hsiao Pan Island, Chou Shan Islands.

14 February 1945:
At 1815, arrives at Mutsure.

15 February 1945:
Arrives at Ninoshima. Sometime later, converted to a coal-burning cargo ship.

15 August 1945: End of Hostilities with the Allied Powers:

December 1945:
SETTSU MARU is officially assigned to the Allied Repatriation Service.

Performs an unknown number of repatriation voyages.

Returned to Nippon Kaiun K. K.

Sold to Nippon Suisan K.K., Osaka. Converted to a whaling support ship.

12 March 1953:
Antarctic. While loading whale meat, suffers an accident with her sea valve and sinks.

-Bob Hackett and Peter Cundall