KYUTANSEN!

(TOKACHI MARU, prewar)

IJN TOKACHI MARU:
Tabular Record of Movement


© 2017 Gilbert Casse, Berend van der Wal and Peter Cundall


22 June 1938:
Laid down by Tsurumi Seitetsu Zosen K.K. for Hokkaido Tanko Kisen K.K.

18 January 1939:
Launched and named TOKACHI MARU.[1]

20 March 1939:
Completed and registered at Tokyo.

22 April ~ 9 October 1939:
Chartered by Nichiro Gyogyo K.K.

17 June ~ 17 July 1940:
Chartered again by Nichiro Gyogyo K. K.

16 September 1941:
Requisitioned by the IJN.

19 September 1941:
Nagasaki. Conversion for military service starts at Mitsubishi Zosen K.K. Nagasaki shipyard.

20 September 1941:
Registered as an auxiliary collier attached to the Sasebo Naval District under instruction No. 1093.

13 October 1941:
The conversion is completed.

E October 1941:
Attached to the Sasebo Naval District as an auxiliary collier, (Otsu) category. [2]

3 December 1941:
Departs Kenjiho, Chosen (now North Korea).

6 December 1941:
Arrives at Yawata, Fukuoka Prefecture.

7 December 1941:
Departs Yawata.

10 December 1941:
Arrives at Tanggu, northern China.

13 December 1941:
Departs Tanggu.

17 December 1941:
Arrives at Kure.

26 December 1941:
Departs Kure.

27 December 1941:
Arrives at Saitozaki, S of Nagasaki.

29 December 1941:
Departs Saitozaki.

31 December 1941:
Arrives at Maizuru. Unloads 2,400t of coal.

2 January 1942:
Departs Maizuru.

3 January 1942:
Arrives at Saitozaki.

11 January 1942:
Departs Saitozaki and arrives at Tokuyama, Yamaguchi Prefecture later that day.

15 January 1942:
Departs Tokuyama and arrives at Saitozaki later that same day.

20 January 1942:
Departs Saitozaki and arrives at Tokuyama later in the day.

24 January 1942:
Departs Tokuyama.

25 January 1942:
Arrives at Saitozaki.

30 January 1942:
Departs Saitozaki and arrives at Sasebo later that day.

3 February 1942:
Departs Sasebo and arrives at Saitozaki later that same day.

6 February 1942:
Departs Saitozaki.

7 February 1942:
Arrives at Sasebo.

12 February 1942:
Departs Sasebo and arrives at Saitozaki later that day.

14 February 1942:
Departs Saitozaki.

16 February 1942:
Arrives at Sasebo.

19 February 1942:
Departs Sasebo and arrives at Saitozaki later that day.

21 February 1942:
Departs Saitozaki.

23 February 1942:
Arrives at Maizuru. Unloads munitions and 1,800t of coal.

26 February 1942:
Departs Maizuru.

27 February 1942:
Arrives at Saitozaki.

1 March 1942:
Departs Saitozaki.

2 March 1942:
Arrives at Sasebo.

5 March 1942:
Departs Sasebo and arrives at Saitozaki later that day.

8 March 1942:
Departs Saitozaki.

10 March 1942:
Arrives at Yokkaichi, Mie Prefecture.

12 March 1942:
Departs Yokkaichi.

15 March 1942:
Arrives at Saitozaki.

17 March 1942:
Departs Saitozaki.

20 March 1942:
Arrives at Yokkaichi.

26 March 1942:
Departs Yokkaichi.

28 March 1942:
Arrives at Saitozaki.

1 April 1942:
Departs Saitozaki.

2 April 1942:
Arrives at Maizuru. Unloads 1,900t of coal.

5 April 1942:
Departs Maizuru.

6 April 1942:
Arrives at Wakamatsu.

7 April 1942:
Departs Wakamatsu.

8 April 1942:
Arrives at Chinkai, Chosen (now Jinhae, South Korea).

10 April 1942:
Tactically assigned to the Chinkai Guard District, Base Defense Unit.

18 April 1942:
Arrives at Sasebo.

22 April 1942:
Departs Sasebo and arrives at Yawata later that day.

27 April 1942:
Departs Yawata.

29 April 1942:
Arrives at Chinnampo, Chosen (now North Korea).

4 May 1942:
Departs Chinnampo.

6 May 1942:
Arrives at Tokuyama.

10 May 1942:
Departs Tokuyama.

13 May 1942:
Arrives at Yawata.

16 May 1942:
Departs Yawata and arrives at Takeshiki, Nagasaki Prefecture later that day.

1 June 1942:
Departs Takeshiki and arrives at Chinkai later that same day.

15 May 1942:
Scheduled to be equipped with one Type 92 7.7mm MG Mod A machine gun and five type 38 ‘Arisaka’ rifles under instruction No. 5990.

1 ~ 3 June 1942:
Arrives at Chinkai. Unloads 1,650t of coal.

4 June 1942:
Departs Chinkai and arrives at Takeshiki. Departs there later that day.

8 June 1942:
Arrives at Chinkai.

E 8 ~ 12 June 1942:
Unloads 950t of coal and disembarks one passenger.

12 June 1942:
Scheduled to be equipped with one Type 1 8cm/40cal deck gun under instruction No. 7246. Departs Chinkai and arrives at Wakamatsu, Fukuoka Prefecture later that day.

E 13 ~ 14 June 1942:
Departs Wakamatsu.

15 June 1942:
Arrives at Chinkai.

E 15 ~ 19 June 1942:
Unloads 1,650t of coal.

19 June 1942:
Departs Chinkai and arrives at Wakamatsu later that day.

21 June 1942:
Departs Wakamatsu.

22 June 1942:
Arrives at Chinkai.

E 22 ~ 26 June 1942:
Unloads 1,545t of coal and 577t of steel.

26 June 1942:
Departs Chinkai for Wakamatsu.

13 July 1942:
Arrives at Chinnampo.

16 July 1942:
Departs Chinnampo and arrives later at Maizuru.

22 July 1942:
Unloads 2,400t of coal.

E July 1942:
Departs Maizuru.

29 July 1942:
Arrives at Chinkai.

30 July 1942:
Departs Chinkai.

7 August 1942:
Arrives at Chinnampo.

11 August 1942:
Departs Chinnampo.

14 August 1942:
Arrives at Kure.

19 August 1942:
Departs Kure.

26 August 1942:
Arrives at Ryojun (ex-Port-Arthur), Manchuria (now Lushun, northern China).

3 September 1942:
Departs Ryojun.

8 September 1942:
Arrives at Kure.

25 September 1942:
Tactically assigned to Vice Admiral (later Admiral) Takasu Shiro’s (35) Southwest Area Fleet.

26 September 1942:
Departs Kure for Ambon, Moluccas, Netherlands East Indies.

17 January 1943:
Hits a Japanese mine W of Surubaya, Java, Netherlands East Indies and sinks at 06-50S, 112-12E with unknown casualties.

1 April 1943:
Removed from the Naval list under internal order No. 587.


Authors' Notes:
[1] Not to be confused with the auxiliary subchaser (498 GRT, 41’).

[2] There were two categories of Kyutansen. (Ko) category with an IJN Captain as supervisor aboard and (Otsu) category without.

Thanks go to Gengoro S. Toda of Japan.

- Gilbert Casse and Peter Cundall.


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