(TEIKIN MARU former KINDIA at Saigon, May 1942)

Freighter TEIKIN MARU:
Tabular Record of Movement

© 2009-2010 Bob Hackett, Gilbert Casse and Peter Cundall.

E 1918:
Glasgow, Scotland. Laid down at Napier & Miller (Yard No. 228) for the War Controller as 1,972-ton C7 type War Standard WAR STOUR to be managed by Robert Stanley Steamship Co. of Newcastle-upon-Tyne.

11 November August 1918 - World War I Ends:
An Armistice is declared by the warring nations.

28 August 1919:
Launched and renamed HAWORTH.

27 November 1919:
Trials commence.


Sold to R. S. Dalgliesh & Co. of Newcastle. Resold that same year to Cie de Transports Marine de l'Afrique Orientale Francais, Havre, France (Mgrs. Compagnie des Chargeurs Reunis, Havre.) Renamed KINDIA. The company enters the fruit trade and KINDIA is used to carry bananas from Africa to France.

KINDIA is stationed in French Indochina.

3 September 1939-World War II Begins:
After the German invasion of Poland, Britain and France declare war on Nazi Germany.

25 June 1940: Franco-German Armistice:
After the Armistice, integrated into Vichy’s fleet.

September 1940:
Vichy France grants Japan limited military occupation of Indochina.

29 July 1941:
Under the Franco-Japanese agreement signed at Vichy by Deputy-Premier Admiral Darlan and Japanese Ambassador Kato, Indochina is "integrated" in "common defence." The French "allow" the Japanese to use Saigon as an advance base for operations in South-East Asia.

October 1941:
Lightly damaged by a typhoon.

10 April 1942:
Requisitioned by the Japanese Government under the Right of Angary.

15 June 1942:
Charter rates are agreed upon between the Japanese and the Vichy French-Indochina Navy. KINDIA’s rate is 17,796 Japanese Yen per month.

25 July 1942:
Chartered by Teikoku Senpaku Kaisha (Imperial Steamship Co.) wholly owned by the Japanese government. Operated by Toa Kaiun K.K. (East Asia Navigation) of Tokyo. Renamed TEIKIN MARU and used as a cargo ship under Japanese civilian control.

27 July 1943:
South China Sea. Off Hainan Island. At 0030, TEIKIN MARU strikes a mine, probably laid by USS TAMBOR (SS-198) on 2 Nov ’42, and sinks quickly at 19-57N, 109-05E.

Authors' Notes:
Also known as TEIKUN MARU.

Thanks go to Mr. Toda Gengoro of Japan.

- Bob Hackett, Gilbert Casse and Peter Cundall.

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