(Standard 2AT Tanker KENJO MARU by Ueda Kihachiro)
Tabular Record of Movement
© 2011 Bob Hackett
3 July 1944:
Aioi. Laid down at the Harima Zosensho K.K. shipyard for
Yamashita Kisen K.K., Kobe.
22 August 1944:
Launched and named YAMAZONO MARU.
28 September 1944:
Completed as a 6,949-ton Type 2AT tanker.
15 February 1945:
Converted for dry cargo service.
1 June 1945:
Osaka Bay. 458 B-29 “Super Fortress” heavy bombers of
the USAAF 20th Air Force fire bomb the port city. The B-29s drop thousands of
incediary bombs that burn out large parts of the city and harbor facilities.
YAMAZONO MARU, under charter to the Imperial Army, is damaged and beached.
15 August 1945:
Repaired and successfully refloated.
Completes reconstruction by the Hitachi Zosen Co., Ltd.
15 May 1951:
Kure. Undergoes remodelling at the Harima shipyard.
Refittted with a steam turbine amidships.
4 October 1956:
Sold to Nakamura Kisen K. K., Kobe. Renamed ASAHIKO
16 November 1959:
Jose Panganiban, Philippines. ASAHIKO MARU runs
22 November 1959:
30 June 1960:
Sold to Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd., for