TETSUSEI DAI HATSUDOTEI

(SETTSU MARU by Ueda Kihachiro)

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

2010-2011 Bob Hackett and Peter Cundall


1943:
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.

1944:
Launched and named SETTSU MARU.

15 January 1945:
Completed.

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:
Surrendered.

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

1945-1946:
Performs an unknown number of repatriation voyages.

1948:
Returned to Nippon Kaiun K. K.

1948:
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