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(Passenger-cargo ship by Takeshi Yuki scanned from "Color Paintings of Japanese Warships")

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SHURI MARU: Tabular Record of Movement

© 2008 -2009 Bob Hackett, Sander Kingsepp and Peter Cundall.

Revision 2


2 July 1928:
Tokyo. Laid down at Uraga Dock, K. K. as an 1,857-ton passenger and cargo ship for Osaka Shosen Kabushiki (OSK) Kaisha.

26 September 1928:
Launched and named SHURI MARU.

27 December 1928:
Completed.

1928-1937:
In OSK's service on their route between Kagoshima, Kyushu and Naze, Amami-O-Shima and Naha, Okinawa.

7 July 1937: The Marco Polo Bridge ("China") Incident:
Hun River. Lugouqiao, China. Japanese troops fire blank cartridges on night maneuvers at the bridge. Chinese troops fire back, but do not cause injuries. At morning roll call, the Japanese discover a soldier missing and assume the Chinese captured him. The Japanese demand entry to a Peking (Beijing) suburb to look for the soldier. The Chinese refuse. The Japanese then shell the city. An undeclared war on China begins.

9 September 1937:
SHURI MARU is requisitioned by the IJN.

11 September 1937:
Conversion to a gunboat by Ujina Zosen begins. Assigned to Vice Admiral (later Admiral) Hasegawa Kiyoshi 's (31)(former CO of NAGATO) China Area Fleet.

14 October 1937:
The conversion is completed.

1937:
An unknown captain assumes command of SHURI MARU.

29 October 1937 Departs Sasebo on a central China coast patrol.

6 December 1937:
Arrives at Kirun (Keelung), Formosa.

7 December 1937:
Departs Kirun on a South China coast patrol.

1938:
SHURI MARU is restyled SYURI MARU.

2 January 1938:
Arrives at Kirun.

3 January 1938:
Departs Kirun on a South China coast patrol.

28 January 1938:
Arrives at Kirun.

31 January 1938:
Departs Kirun on a South China coast patrol.

22 February 1938:
Arrives at Kirun.

12 March 1938:
Departs Kirun on a South China coast patrol.

12 April 1938:
Arrives at Kirun.

15 April 1938:
Departs Kirun on a South China coast patrol.

24 April 1938:
Arrives at Kirun.

26 April 1938:
Departs Kirun on a South China coast patrol.

10 May 1938:
SYURI MARU participates in an amphibious assault on Amoy (Xiamen) with Vice Admiral (later Admiral) Koichi Shiozawaís (32)(former CO of FURUTAKA) 5th Fleet consisting of CruDiv 9's MYOKO (F) and light cruiser TAMA, CruDiv 10's light cruisers TATSUTA and TENRYU, DesRon 5's light cruiser NAGARA, DesDiv 3ís NADAKAZE, SHIMAKAZE, SHIOKAZE, DesDiv 16ís KARUKAYA, FUYO and ASAGAO, CarDiv 1's KAGA, DesDiv 29ís HAYATE and OITE, SORYU with DesDiv 30ís YAYOI and KISARAGI, auxiliary seaplane tender KAMIKAWA MARU, collier MUROTO, CarDiv 3's seaplane tender KAMOI, auxiliaries SYURI, CHOJU, DELHI, EIKO, IKUTA, KAZAN, KURI, HAYA MARUs and DAIICHI MARU No. 8, NANSHIN MARU No. 8, NANSHIN MARU No. 31, TAIKO, YODATI and auxiliary minelayers ENOSHIMA and ENTO (MAROSHIMA).

At dawn, the 5th Fleetís warships, including SYURI MARU, bombard Ho-tsu, Ni-chin, and Wu-tung and cover an amphibious assault landing by more than 2,000 troops of the Yokosuka, Kure and Sasebo Special Naval Landing Forces (SNLF). At the same time, NE of Xiamen (Amoy), Japanese aircraft from tenders KAMOI and KAMIKAWA MARU bomb bridges, roads, ferries and ships. The poorly equipped Nationalist Chinese 75th Division defenders suffer heavy casualties, are overrun by the SNLFs and withdraw.

12 May 1938:
That night, Chinese forces abandon Amoy to the Japanese.

8 June 1938:
Arrives at Mako.

14 June 1938:
Departs Mako on a South China coast patrol.

26 June 1938:
Arrives at Kirun.

29 June 1938:
Departs Kirun on a South China coast patrol.

14 August 1938:
Arrives at Kirun.

15 August 1938:
Departs Kirun on a South China coast patrol.

11 September 1938:
Arrives at Kirun.

19 September 1938:
Departs Kirun on a South China coast patrol.

4 October 1938:
Arrives at Mako.

12 October 1938:
SYURI MARU participates in an amphibious assault on Ta-Ya (Bias Bay), 35 miles NE of Hong Kong. At dawn, LtGen Furusho Motooís 21st Army, supported by the China Area Fleetís 5th Fleet and Formosa-based and carrier-based Navy air units, make a surprise landing. Thereafter, Japanese forces continue their advance with little or no resistance and by 21 October capture Canton. The operation isolates Hong Kong and Macao.

16 October 1938:
Departs Mako on a South China coast patrol.

29 October 1938:
Arrives at Kirun.

7 November 1938:
Departs Sasebo for North China coast patrol.

24 November 1938:
Arrives at Ryojun (Lushun or Port Arthur), Manchuria.

27 November 1938:
Departs Ryojun on a North China coast patrol.

6 December 1938:
Arrives at Ryojun.

10 December 1938:
Departs Ryojun on a North China coast patrol.

24 December 1938:
Arrives at Ryojun.

28 December 1938:
Departs Ryojun on a North China coast patrol.

1939:
SYURI MARU undergoes conversion and is rerated a specially installed torpedo depot ship. [1]

13 January 1939:
Arrives at Ryojun.

17 January 1939:
Departs Ryojun on a North China coast patrol.

6 February 1939:
Arrives at Ryojun.

12 February 1939:
Departs Ryojun on a North China coast patrol.

13 February 1939:
Captain (later Rear Admiral Hase Shinzaburo )(44) is posted CO of gunboat SYURI MARU.

19 February 1939:
Arrives at Ryojun.

20 February 1939:
Departs Ryojun on a North China coast patrol.

8 March 1939:
Arrives at Ryojun.

11 March 1939:
Departs Ryojun on a North China coast patrol.

28 March 1939:
Arrives at Ryojun.

31 March 1939:
Departs Ryojun on a North China coast patrol.

22 April 1939:
Arrives at Ryojun.

26 April 1939:
Departs Ryojun on a North China coast patrol.

6 May 1939:
Arrives at Ryojun.

8 May 1939:
Departs Ryojun on a North China coast patrol.

24 May 1939:
Arrives at Ryojun.

1 June 1939:
Departs Ryojun on a North China coast patrol.

19 June 1939:
Arrives at Ryojun.

20 June 1939:
An unknown captain assumes command.

24 June 1939:
Departs Ryojun on a North China coast patrol.

17 July 1939:
Arrives at Ryojun.

21 July 1939:
Departs Ryojun on a North China coast patrol.

7 August 1939:
Arrives at Ryojun.

11 August 1939:
Departs Ryojun on a North China coast patrol.

23 August 1939:
Arrives at Ryojun.

5 September 1939:
Departs Ryojun for North China coast patrol.

23 September 1939:
Arrives at Ryojun.

29 September 1939:
Departs Ryojun on a North China coast patrol.

20 October 1939:
Arrives at Ryojun.

10 November 1939:
Departs Ryojun on a North China coast patrol.

28 November 1939:
Arrives at Ryojun.

3 December 1939:
Departs Ryojun on a North China coast patrol.

24 December 1939:
Arrives at Ryojun.

28 December 1939:
Departs Ryojun for North China coast patrol.

21 January 1940:
Arrives at Ryojun.

25 January 1940:
Departs Ryojun on a North China coast patrol.

10 February 1940:
Arrives at Ryojun.

14 February 1940:
Departs Ryojun on a North China coast patrol.

3 March 1940:
Arrives at Ryojun.

6 March 1940:
Departs Ryojun on a North China coast patrol.

24 March 1940:
Arrives at Ryojun.

29 March 1940:
Departs Ryojun on a North China coast patrol.

18 April 1940:
Arrives at Ryojun.

24 April 1940:
Departs Ryojun for North China coast patrol (apparently aborted).

25 April 1940:
Arrives at Ryojun.

26 April 1940:
Departs Ryojun on a North China coast patrol, but it is aborted.

27 April 1940:
Arrives at Ryojun.

30 April 1940:
Departs Ryojun on a North China coast patrol.

20 May 1940:
Arrives at Ryojun.

31 May 1940:
Departs Ryojun on a North China coast patrol.

20 June 1940:
Arrives at Ryojun.

25 June 1940:
Departs Ryojun on a North China coast patrol.

14 July 1940:
Arrives at Ryojun.

20 July 1940:
Departs Ryojun on a North China coast patrol.

1 August 1940:
Arrives at Ryojun.

5 August 1940:
Departs Ryojun on a North China coast patrol.

17 August 1940:
Arrives at Ryojun.

21 August 1940:
Departs Ryojun on a North China coast patrol.

9 September 1940:
Arrives at Ryojun.

14 September 1940:
Departs Ryojun on a North China coast patrol.

10 October 1940:
Arrives at Ryojun.

13 October 1940:
Departs Ryojun on a North China coast patrol.

15 November 1940:
Arrives at Ryojun. Captain (later Rear Admiral) Senda Kinji )(45) assumes command.

30 November 1940:
Departs Ryojun on a North China coast patrol.

20 December 1940:
Arrives at Ryojun.

24 December 1940:
Departs Ryojun on a North China coast patrol.

15 January 1941:
Arrives at Ryojun.

1941:
SHURI MARU is in the 21th Torpedo Division of the China Area Fleet's 3rd Fleet with torpedo boats TOMOZURU, HATSUKARI, MANAZURU and CHIDORI. Assigned to the North Patrol Division.

20 January 1941:
Departs Ryojun on a North China coast patrol.

8 February 1941:
Arrives at Ryojun.

12 February 1941:
Departs Ryojun for North China coast patrol.

4 March 1941:
Arrives at Ryojun.

10 March 1941:
Departs Ryojun on a North China coast patrol.

14 March 1941:
Arrives at Ryojun.

15 March 1941:
Departs Ryojun on a North China coast patrol.

30-31 March 1941:
Shells the North Chinese coast with torpedo boat TOMOZURU to repel Chinese insurgents.

2 April 1941:
Arrives at Ryojun.

9 April 1941:
Departs Ryojun on a North China coast patrol.

28 April 1941:
Arrives at Ryojun.

2 May 1941:
Departs Ryojun on a North China coast patrol.

25 May 1941:
Arrives at Ryojun.

28 May 1941:
Departs Ryojun on a North China coast patrol.

6 June 1941:
Arrives at Ryojun.

9 June 1941:
Departs Ryojun on a North China coast patrol.

14 June 1941:
Arrives at Ryojun and that same day departs for North China coast patrol.

1 July 1941:
Arrives at Ryojun.

2 July 1941:
Departs Ryojun on a North China coast patrol.

6 July 1941:
Arrives at Ryojun.

17 July 1941:
Departs Ryojun on a North China coast patrol.

2 August 1941:
Arrives at Ryojun.

6 August 1941:
Departs Ryojun on a North China coast patrol.

19 August 1941:
Arrives at Ryojun.

22 August 1941:
Departs Ryojun on a North China coast patrol.

3 September 1941:
Arrives at Ryojun.

10 September 1941:
Departs Ryojun on a North China coast patrol.

7 October 1941:
Arrives at Ryojun and that same day departs for North China coast patrol.

14 October 1941:
Arrives at Ryojun.

17 October 1941:
Departs Ryojun on a North China coast patrol.

3 November 1941:
Arrives at Ryojun.

8 November 1941:
Departs Ryojun on a North China coast patrol.

21 November 1941:
Arrives at Ryojun.

1 December 1941:
Departs Ryojun on a North China coast patrol.

25 December 1941:
Arrives at Ryojun.

30 December 1941:
Departs Ryojun on a North China coast patrol.

22 January 1942:
Arrives at Ryojun.

26 January 1942:
Departs Ryojun for North China coast patrol.

17 February 1942:
Arrives at Ryojun.

E 1 March 1942:
Departs Ryojun for a North China coast patrol.

10 April 1942:
Assigned to the China Area Fleetís Tsingtao Area Special Base Force.

28 May 1942:
Arrives at Ryojun.

2 June 1942:
Departs Ryojun for an unknown patrol area- probably in the Yellow Sea.

20 June 1942:
Arrives at Ryojun.

22 June 1942:
Departs Ryojun for an unknown patrol area- probably in the Yellow Sea.

9 July 1942:
Arrives at Ryojun.

13 July 1942:
Departs Ryojun for an unknown patrol area- probably in the Yellow Sea.

19 August 1942:
Arrives at Ryojun.

26 August 1942:
Departs Ryojun for an unknown patrol area- probably in the Yellow Sea.

5 November 1942:
Arrives at Ryojun.

7 November 1942:
Departs Ryojun for an unknown patrol area- probably in the Yellow Sea.

24 March 1943:
Arrives at Seito (Tsingtao).

25 March 1943:
Departs Seito for unknown patrol area- probably in the Yellow Sea.

3 April 1943:
Arrives at Seito.

5 April 1943:
Departs Seito for unknown patrol area- probably in the Yellow Sea.

26 April 1943:
Arrives at Seito.

7 July 1943:
Departs Seito.

16 July 1943:
Arrives at Tenshin (Tientsin), China.

22 September 1943:
Recalled Captain Watanabe Saburo (33) assumes command.

1 October 1943:
Reassigned to the Navy Ministry Supply Force.

2 December 1943:
Arrives at Dairen, Manchuria.

6 December 1943:
Departs Dairen.

10 March 1944:
Arrives at Kure.

16 March 1944:
Departs Kure.

16 April 1944:
Arrives at Seito.

17 April 1944:
Departs Seito.

20 April 1944:
Arrives at Sasebo.

24 April 1944:
Departs Sasebo.

27 April 1944:
Arrives at Seito.

5 May 1944:
Departs Seito.

7 May 1944:
Arrives at Sasebo.

11 May 1944:
Departs Sasebo.

19 May 1944:
Arrives at Dairen.

22 May 1944:
Departs Dairen.

31 May 1944:
Arrives at Seito.

1 June 1944:
Departs Seito.

14 July 1944:
Arrives at Shanghai.

2 August 1944:
Departs Shanghai.

4 August 1944:
Arrives at Seito.

12 August 1944:
Departs Seito.

18 August 1944:
Arrives at Seito.

1 September 1944:
Departs Seito.

2 October 1944:
Arrives at Sasebo.

9 October 1944:
Departs Sasebo.

13 October 1944:
Arrives at Shanghai.

20 October 1944:
Departs Shanghai.

26 October 1944:
Arrives at Sasebo.

5 November 1944:
Departs Sasebo.

16 November 1944:
Arrives at "Ryushushan", an unknown island probably in the Yellow Sea.

27 November 1944:
Departs Ryushushan.

24 December 1944:
Arrives at Sasebo.

31 December 1944:
Departs Sasebo.

3 January 1945:
Arrives at Seito.

E 18 January 1945:
SYURI MARU departs Seito for Sasebo.

20 January 1945:
East China Sea. S end of Tsushima Strait, near Sasebo. At midnight, in bright moonlight, LtCdr Thomas S. Baskettís USS TAUTOGís (SS-199) lookouts spot an enemy ship at about 10,000 yards. Baskett approaches on the surface from the dark side. At about midnight, he fires three torpedoes and gets two hits that sink SYURI MARU at 33-45N, 128-43E.

TAUTOG approaches the wreckage and rescues one survivor. He identifies his ship as motor torpedo boat tender SYURI MARU.

Captain Watanabe and 118 crewmen are KIA. Captain Watanabe is promoted Rear Admiral, posthumously.

10 March 1945:
Removed from the Navy List.


Authors' Notes:
[1] Japanese sources conflict regarding SHURI MARU. One source suggests she was converted to a seaplane tender in September 1937 and reconverted to a transport in December 1944. Another Japanese source suggests SHURI MARU was converted to a torpedo boat tender.

- Bob Hackett, Sander Kingsepp and Peter Cundall.


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