KYURYOKAN



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

IJN SHIRASAKI:
Tabular Record of Movement

© 2007-2017 Bob Hackett and Peter Cundall.

Revision 4


18 May 1942:
Osaka. Laid down at Hitachi Zosen’s Sakurajima shipyard.

20 August 1942:
Designated SHIRASAKI.

5 November 1942:
Launched.

30 January 1943:
Completed and registered in the Kure Naval District.

7 February 1943:
At 1330 arrives at Kure.

2 March 1943:
At 0930 departs Kure.

6 March 1943:
At 1350 arrives at Ominato.

8 March 1943:
At 0700 departs Ominato.

13 March 1943:
At 1445 arrives at Paramushiro.

3 April 1943:
At 0500 departs Paramushiro.

6 April 1943:
At 1730 arrives at Ominato.

21 April 1943:
At 1200 departs Ominato.

25 April 1943:
At 0715 arrives at Paramushiro.

4 June 1943:
At 0600 departs Paramushiro.

8 June 1943:
At 1745 arrives at Ominato.

18 June 1943:
At 0900 departs Ominato but returns at 1200.

20 June 1943:
Departs Ominato in an unidentified convoy consisting of HAKKAI, TERUKAWA and AKASHISAN MARUs and SHIRASAKI escorted by destroyers HATSUSHIMO and WAKABA.

24 June 1943:
At 0440 arrives at Paramushiro, Kuriles.

27 June 1943:
At 1420 departs Paramushiro.

3 August 1943:
Arrives at Paramushiro.

10 August 1943:
At 0350 departs Paramushiro Straits and later arrives at Musashi Wan. At 1800 departs Musashi Wan.

15 August 1943:
At 0910 arrives at Ominato.

27 August 1943:
At 0800 departs Ominato.

2 September 1943:
At 2230 arrives at Paramushiro.

11 September 1943:
Departs Paramushiro for Ominato. Docked for repairs.

17 October 1943:
At 0600 departs Ominato.

20 October 1943:
At 1230 arrives at Matsuwa To and departs at 1630.

22 October 1943:
At 1345 arrives at Paramushiro Strait.

25 October 1943:
At 1530 departs Paramushiro.

31 October 1943:
At 0800 arrives at Ominato.

4 November 1943:
At 0800 departs Ominato.

9 November 1943:
At 1015 arrives at Matsuwa To. Later departs.

12 November 1943:
At 1215 arrives at Kataoka Wan.

15 November 1943:
At 0400 departs Kataoka Wan.

11 December 1943:
At 0500 departs Kataoka Wan and later arrives at Musashi Wan.

12 December 1943:
Departs Musashi Wan.

15 December 1943:
Arrives at Ominato.

22 December 1943:
At 1400 departs Ominato.

25 December 1943:
At 0830 arrives at Tennei.

28 December 1943:
At 0130 departs Tennei and at 1630 arrives at Kawauchi Wan.

29 December 1943:
At 0845 transfers to Ominato.

31 January 1944:
At 0900 departs Ominato.

1 February 1944:
At 0800 arrives at Kushiro with AKASHISAN MARU.

2 February 1944:
At 0800 departs Kushiro with AKASHISAN MARU.

5 February 1944:
At 1545 arrives at Kataoka Wan.

10 February 1944:
At 1030 departs Kataoka Wan and arrives at Kakumabetsu Wan.

11 February 1944:
Arrives at Musashi Wan and later departs.

12 February 1944:
Arrives at Suribachi Wan.

13 February 1944:
At 0600 departs Suribachi Wan.

17 February 1944:
At 0930 arrives at Ominato.

25 March 1944:
Departs Ominato and later that day arrives at Hakodate. Soon after departs.

30 March 1944:
Arrives at Musashi Wan, Paramushiro.

31 March 1944:
Departs Musashi Wan.

2 April 1944:
Arrives at Paramushiro Strait.

15 April 1944:
Departs Paramushiro Strait.

20 April 1944:
At 0904 arrives at Ominato escorted by destroyer SHIRANUI. Docked for repairs throughout May.

10 June 1944:
At 0700 departs Ominato.

11 June 1944:
At 1200 arrives at Otaru.

13 June 1944:
At 0600 departs Otaru.

14 June 1944:
At 1200 arrives at Ominato.

16 June 1944:
At 0400 departs Ominato and later that day at 1100, arrives at Hakodate.

17 June 1944:
In Hakodate Dockyard under repair.

6 July 1944:
Departs Hakodate and arrives later that day at Ominato.

11 July 1944:
Departs Ominato.

12 July 1944:
Arrives at Otaru.

14 July 1944:
Departs Otaru escorting HACHIROGATA MARU.

19 July 1944:
Arrives at Kataoka.

23 July 1944:
At 0700 departs Kataoka with destroyer KAMIKAZE escorting convoy O-203 consisting of unidentified merchant ships.

28 July 1944:
At 1130 arrives at Otaru.

29 July 1944:
Arrives at Ominato.

5 September 1944:
Departs Kataoka Wan escorting a convoy of unidentified merchant ships.

11 September 1944:
Arrives at Otaru.

19 September 1944:
At 0800, SHIRASAKI departs Otaru, W Hokkaido, for Kashiwabara, Paramushiro Island in convoy KIRA-803 consisting of RIZAN MARU (ex British MUNLOCK) and HANASAKI and SENZAN MARUs escorted by destroyer KAMIKAZE and kaibokan FUKUE.

21 September 1944:
At about 2200, in poor weather, LtCdr (later Captain) Melvin H. Dry’s (USNA ’34) USS SEA RAVEN (SS-196) torpedoes and sinks RIZAN MARU at 49-36N, 145-30E with the loss of 87 crewmen, 33 gunners and 172 troops and other passengers.

24 September 1944:
Arrives at Kataoka Wan.

26 September 1944:
Departs Kataoka Wan.

29 September 1944:
Convoy KIRA-803 arrives back at Otaru.

4 November 1944:
Arrives at Otaru.

10 November 1944:
Departs Otaru.

14 November 1944:
Arrives at Kataoka Wan.

16 November 1944:
Departs Kataoka Wan.

20 November 1944:
Arrives at Otaru.

25 November 1944:
Departs Otaru.

4 December 1944:
Arrives back at Otaru.

14 December 1944:
Departs Otaru with HAKUHO MARU as escort and later that day arrives at Wakkanai.

15 December 1944:
Departs Wakkanai still with HAKUHO MARU.

20 December 1944:
Arrives at Kataoka Wan.

23 December 1944:
Departs Kataoka Wan.

24 December 1944:
Arrives at Matsuwa Jima.

25 December 1944:
Departs Matsuwa Jima.

27 December 1944:
Arrives at Otaru.

6 January 1945:
Departs Otaru with kaibokan KUNASHIRI escorting convoy KI-603 consisting of unidentified merchant ships.

12 January 1945:
Arrives at Kataoka Wan.

17 January 1945:
Departs Kataoka Wan with kaibokan KUNASHIRI escorting convoy RA-702 consisting of unidentified merchant ships.

24 January 1945:
Arrives at Ominato.

30 January 1945:
At 1630 departs Hakodate in convoy KI-001 with SHUNZAN MARU initially escorted by auxiliary minesweeper TAMAZONO MARU No. 1 and auxiliary patrol boat MIZUKAMI MARU. The convoy is bound for Kataoka Wan.

3 February 1945:
TAMAZONO MARU No. 1 is detached.

March 1945:
Spends the whole of the month and the early part of April at least undergoing repairs at Ominato.

25 April 1945:
At 1800, SHIRASAKI departs Ominato, Honshu for Kashiwabara, Paramushiro Island, Kuriles in convoy KI-503 consisting of AITOKU, KURETAKE and TENRYO MARUs escorted by kaibokan HACHIJO and CD-47.

2 May 1945:
Arrives at Kashiwabara.

7 May 1945:
Departs Kataoka Wan.

12 May 1945:
Arrives at Ominato.

16 May 1945:
Departs Ominato.

17 May 1945:
Arrives at Otaru.

18 May 1945:
At 1730, SHIRASAKI departs Otaru, Hokkaido for Paramushiro Island, Kuriles in the "Chi" convoy consisting of KASUGASAN, KURETAKE and TENRYO MARUs escorted by kaibokan SHIMUSHU and CD-112.

19 May 1945:
At 1709, A Russian merchant ship advises the convoy that a submarine lies ahead. The convoy changes course.

23 May 1945:
Arrives at Paramushiro.

26 May 1945:
At 2000, SHIRASAKI departs Paramushiro, Kuriles for Otaru, Hokkaido in the “Chi” convoy consisting of KURETAKE, TENRYO and KASUGASAN MARUs escorted by kaibokan SHIMUSHU, HACHIJO and CD-112.

29 May 1945:
At 2055, LtCdr Hugh H. Lewis' (USNR) USS STERLET (SS-392) torpedoes KURETAKE and TENRYO MARUs. KURETAKE MARU's crew struggles to control flooding, but TENRYO MARU sinks soon after being hit taking down 773 out of 947 men of the 23rd Air Defense Battalion, 26 gunners and 83 crewmen. Lewis attacks the escorts, but scores no hits with 11 torpedoes. USS STERLET is spared a counter-attack by the kaibokan.

30 May 1945:
At 0600, KURETAKE MARU sinks. 272 troops and six crewmen are KIA. SHIMUSHU rescues more than 400 survivors.

31 May 1945:
Arrives at Otaru.

15 August 1945:
SHIRASAKI’s crew is notified of the termination of the war.

5 October 1945:
Removed from the Navy List.

8 October 1945:
Departs Ominato.

12 October 1945:
Arrives at Pusan and departs later that day.

13 October 1945:
Arrives at Hakata. Rapidly discharges and returns to Pusan. Departs again, all in a single day.

14 October 1945:
Arrives at Hakata.

17 October 1945:
Departs Hakata and later that day arrives at Pusan.

19 October 1945:
Departs Pusan and arrives at Hakata same day.

23 October 1945:
Departs Hakata arriving at Pusan the same day.

24 October 1945:
Arrives at Hakata.

29 October 1945:
Departs Hakata and arrives and departs Pusan that same day.

30 October 1945:
Arrives at Hakata.

2 November 1945:
Departs Hakata. Later that same day, arrives and departs Pusan.

3 November 1945:
Arrives at Hakata.

6 November 1945:
Departs Hakata.

7 November 1945:
Arrives at Chinkai (Chenhai) and departs later that day.

8 November 1945:
Arrives at Hakata.

13 November 1945:
Departs Hakata.

14 November 1945:
Arrives at Pusan and departs later that day.

16 November 1945:
Arrives at Hakata.

25 November-8 December 1945:
Nagasaki. Undergoes repairs, probably at the Kawaminami yard.

1 December 1945:
Officially assigned to the Allied Repatriation Service as a demobilization transport.

1 January 1946-12 January 1946:
Undergoes further repairs at an unknown yard.

18 January 1946:
Departs Hakata.

19 January 1946:
Arrives at Pusan and departs later that day.

22 January 1946:
Arrives at Hakata.

23 January 1946:
Departs Hakata.

24 January 1946:
Arrives at Pusan and departs later that day.

25 January 1946:
Arrives at Hakata.

28 January 1946:
Departs Hakata.

29 January 1946:
Arrives at Pusan and departs later that day.

1 February 1946:
Arrives at Shanghai and departs later that day.

3 February 1946:
Arrives at Kagoshima and departs later that day.

4 February 1946:
Arrives at Hakata.

10 February 1946:
Departs Hakata.

12 February 1946:
Arrives at Shanghai.

13 February 1946:
Departs Shanghai.

15 February 1946:
Arrives at Hakata.

17 February 1946:
Departs Hakata.

18 February 1946:
Arrives at Pusan and departs later that day.

23 February 1946:
Arrives at Shanghai and departs later that day.

25 February 1946:
Arrives at Hakata.

1 March 1946:
Departs Hakata.

3 March 1946:
Arrives at Shanghai and departs later that day.

5 March 1946:
Arrives at Hakata.

7 March 1946:
Departs Hakata.

10 March 1946:
Arrives at Sasebo and departs later that day.

12 March 1946:
Arrives at Shanghai and departs later that day.

15 March 1946:
Arrives at Hakata.

17 March 1946:
Departs Hakata.

18 March 1946:
Arrives at Pusan and departs later that day.

19 March 1946:
Arrives at Shanghai.

20 March 1946:
Departs Shanghai.

22 March 1946:
Arrives at Hakata.

29 March 1946-20 April 1946:
Tamano. Undergoes repairs at Mitsui Engineering and Shipbuilding shipyard.

24 April 1946:
Departs Saiki.

26 April 1946:
Arrives at Shanghai and departs later that day.

30 April 1946:
Arrives at Kagoshima.

3 May 1946:
Departs Hakata.

5 May 1946:
Arrives at Shanghai and departs later that day.

8 May 1946:
Arrives at Hakata and departs later that day.

11 May 1946:
Arrives at Korojima (near Tsientsin).

14 May 1946:
Departs Korojima.

19 May 1946:
Arrives at Hakata

23 May 1946:
Departs Hakata.

26 May 1946:
Arrives at Korojima.

28 May 1946:
Departs Korojima.

30 May 1946:
Arrives at Hakata.

3 June 1946:
Departs Hakata.

6 June 1946:
Arrives at Korojima.

7 June 1946:
Departs Korojima.

10 June 1946:
Arrives at Sasebo.

13 June 1946:
Departs Hakata.

14 June 1946:
Arrives at Korojima.

17 June 1946:
Departs Korojima.

21 June 1946:
Arrives at Hakata.

23 June 1946:
Departs Hakata.

26 June 1946:
Arrives at Korojima.

30 June 1946:
Departs Korojima.

3 July 1946:
Arrives at Hakata.

9 July 1946-23 July 1946:
Tamano. Undergoes repairs at Mitsui Engineering and Shipbuilding shipyard.

14 August 1946:
Departs Ujina.

16 August 1946:
Arrives at Okinawa and departs later that day.

18 August 1946:
Arrives at Kure.

20 August 1946:
Departs Kure.

21 August 1946:
Arrives at Okinawa.

24 August 1946:
Departs Okinawa.

26 August 1946:
Arrives at Kure.

4 September 1946:
Departs Ujina.

7 September 1946:
Arrives at Okinawa and departs later that day.

10 September 1946:
Arrives at Kure.

13 September 1946:
Departs Kure.

15 September 1946 :
Arrives at Okinawa.

16 September 1946:
Departs Okinawa.

18 September 1946:
Arrives at Kure.

20 September 1946:
Departs Ujina.

22 September 1946:
Arrives at Okinawa.

23 September 1946:
Departs Okinawa.

25 September 1946:
Arrives at Kure.

30 September 1946:
Departs Ujina.

2 October 1946:
Arrives at Okinawa.

3 October 1946:
Departs Okinawa.

5 October 1946:
Arrives at Kagoshima.

6 October 1946:
Departs Kagoshima.

8 October 1946:
Arrives at Ujina and departs later that day.

11 October 1946:
Arrives at Okinawa and departs later that day.

13 October 1946:
Arrives at Kure.

16 October 1946:
Departs Ujina.

18 October 1946:
Arrives at Naze.

19 October 1946:
Departs Naze.

21 October 1946:
Arrives at Kure.

26 October 1946:
Departs Otaka.

29 October 1946:
Arrives at Naze.

30 October 1946:
Departs Naze.

31 October 1946:
Arrives at Hakata.

1-14 November 1946:
Tamano. Undergoes repairs at Mitsui Engineering and Shipbuilding shipyard.

29 November 1946:
Departs Ujina.

30 November 1946:
Arrives at Okinawa.

2 December 1946:
Departs Okinawa.

5 December 1946:
Arrives at Kure.

3 October 1947:
Tsingtao (Qingdao), China. Ceded to the Nationalist Republic of China as a war reparation. Renamed WU LING.

1970:
Demilitarized.


Authors’ Notes:
[1] No data were found detailing SHIRASAKI’s movements during July 1943-August 1944. Readers with access to such data are requested to post the information on the Discussion and Questions board or at j-aircraft.org's IJN Ship Message Board

Grateful thanks to Mr. Gilbert Casse of France for reviewing this TROM.

- Bob Hackett and Peter Cundall.


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