KYUTANYUSEN!

(YODOGAWA MARU, prewar)

IJN YODOGAWA MARU:
Tabular Record of Movement


© 2016-2017 Gilbert Casse and Peter Cundall

Revision 2


27 September 1938:
Yokohama. Laid down by Mitsubishi Jukogyo K.K. shipyard for Toyo Kaiun K.K. as a 6,450-tons cargo ship.

16 February 1939:
Launched and named YODOGAWA MARU.

5 April 1939:
Completed and registered at Tokyo.

E 1940:
Chartered to Mitsui Bussan K.K.

27 January 1940:
Departs Kobe.

1940:
Calls at Rangoon, Burma (Now Yangon, Myanmar) ~ Madras, India and Persia.

2 September 1941:
Mukojima. Conversion to a collier/oiler begins at Mukojima Dock K.K. shipyard.

20 September 1941:
Requisitioned by the IJN and registered that same day as an auxiliary collier/oiler attached to the Kure Naval District with Kure as homeport under Navy’s instruction No. 1093. Assigned directly to the Combined Fleet as an auxiliary collier/oiler (Ko) category. Captain (Reserve) Naito Jun is appointed supervisor. [1]

15 October 1941:
The conversion is completed.

November 1941:
Loads 6,000-tons of coal, 93-tons of lubricating oil, 1,900-tons of diesel oil and 60-tons of aviation gasoline to be delivered to forward bases.

22 November 1941:
Departs Kure.

E 29 November ~ 5 December 1941:
Operates in the South China Seas area.

4 December 1941:
At 0600, departs Samah (Hainan Island, China).

8 December 1941:
Arrives at Mako, Pescadores. Departs later.

11 December 1941:
Supplies provisions to 2nd DesDiv vessels.

24 December 1941:
At Lingayen Gulf, Luzon, Philippines. Comes alongside and supplies coal to auxiliary gunboat NAMPO MARU. Later that same day, refuels auxiliary gunboat KISO MARU.

26 December 1941:
Departs Lingayen Gulf.

28 December 1941:
Arrives at Takao, Formosa (now Kaohsiung, Taiwan).

1 January 1942:
Departs Takao.

3 January 1942:
Arrives at Camiguin Island, Philippines. Departs later that day.

8 January 1942:
Arrives at Davao, Mindanao. Later that day comes alongside and supplies coal to auxiliary gunboats MANYO and TAIKO MARUs.

13 January 1942:
Departs Davao.

15 January 1942:
Arrives at Tarakan.

18 January 1942:
Departs Davao.

24 February 1942:
At Balikpapan, Borneo. Supplies coal to auxiliary gunboat TAIKO MARU.

27 February 1942:
Departs Balikpapan and arrives at Adang Bay, Borneo later that day.

28 February 1942:
Departs Adang Bay.

1 March 1942:
Arrives off Takisung, Borneo.

2 March 1942:
Departs Takisung waters with TAIKO and IMIZU MARUs escorted by minelayer ITSUKUSHIMA and 31 DesDiv destroyers.

3 March 1942:
Arrives at Kragan, Java. From 0830 supplies stores and fuel oil to light cruiser JINTSU and destroyer HATSUKAZE.

6 March 1942:
Comes alongside and supplies coal to auxiliary gunboat TAIKO MARU.

8 March 1942:
Departs Kragan, Java.

17 March 1942:
Arrives at Takao.

25 March 1942:
Departs Takao.

E 29 March 1942:
Arrives at Balikpapan.

6 April 1942:
Departs Balikpapan.

7 April 1942:
Arrives at Macassar, Celebes (now Sulawesi).

8 April 1942:
Comes alongside and supplies coal to auxiliary gunboat OKUYO MARU.

10 April 1942:
Assigned to Vice Admiral Takahashi Ibo’s (36) Southwest Area Fleet.

23 April 1942:
Departs Macassar.

3 May 1942:
Transits Bungo Suido with ammunition ship NICHII MARU. Later that day arrives at Kure.

10 June 1942:
Departs Kure.

18 June 1942:
Arrives at Truk, Central Carolines. Supplies 250-tons of coal to auxiliary hospital ship ASAHI MARU.

19 June 1942:
Supplies 350-tons of coal to auxiliary hospital ship ASAHI MARU.

E July 1942:
Departs Truk.

15 July 1942:
Arrives at Muroran, Hokkaido. Departs later.

14 August 1942:
At 1400, departs Mako in convoy No. 249 also consisting of four unidentified merchant ships escorted by torpedo boat HAYABUSA.

19 August 1942:
At 1000, arrives at Mutsure.

11 September 1942:
Scheduled to end supply missions to Navy vessels after the end of current supply mission, under Combined Fleet instructions No. 282.

21 September 1942:
Arrives at Yokohama.

25 September 1942:
Captain Naito is relieved by Captain Takeda Kiyogo (38).

28 September 1942:
Transfers from Yokohama to Yokosuka.

2 October 1942:
Departs Yokosuka.

4 October 1942:
Arrives at Tokuyama, Yamaguchi Prefecture.

9 October 1942:
Departs Tokuyama.

10 October 1942:
Arrives at Kure.

12 October 1942:
Departs Kure.

20 October 1942:
Arrives at Truk.

25 October 1942:
Departs Truk.

29 October 1942:
Arrives at Rabaul, New Britain. Departs later in early November.

1 November 1942:
Currently assigned to troop and supplies missions to the Southeast Force Bases.

10 December 1942:
Arrives at Yokosuka.

1 January 1943:
Currently assigned to transport Aviation personnel and supplies.

30 January 1943:
Departs Yokosuka.

31 January 1943:
Arrives at Yokkaichi, Mie Prefecture.

3 February 1943:
Departs Yokkaichi.

14 February 1943:
Currently assigned to Airforce Base to transport aviation supplies under Airforce Base secret instruction No. 19.

28 March 1943:
Arrives at Yokosuka.

6 April 1943:
Departs Yokosuka.

7 April 1943:
Arrives at Nagoya.

9 April 1943:
Departs Nagoya.

10 April 1943:
Arrives at Yokosuka.

12 April 1943:
Departs Yokosuka and arrives at Kisarazu, Chiba Prefecture later that same day.

14 April 1943:
Departs Kisarazu in convoy No. 3414A also consisting of auxiliary seaplane tender KUNIKAWA MARU and possibly others with unknown escort.

25 April 1943:
At 0720 departs Truk with KUNIKAWA MARU escorted by destroyers UMEKAZE and HAGIKAZE.

28 April 1943:
At 0500 arrives at Rabaul.

9 May 1943:
At 1530, departs Rabaul for Palau, Western Carolines in convoy R-09 also consisting of auxiliary storeship CHOKO MARU, IJA transports YAMABUKI, FUKKO, NIKKI and TATEISHI MARUs and civilian cargo ship (C-AK) BANSHU MARU No. 15 escorted by subchasers CH-23 and CH-38. The convoy sails at 9 knots.

11 May 1943:
NE of Manus, Admiralties. At 0730, LtCdr (later Rear Admiral) Edward C. Stephan's (USNA ’29) USS GRAYBACK (SS-208) fires a spread of six torpedoes and scores two hits on YODOGAWA MARU. She is set afire and sinks at 00-40N, 148-55E with the loss of two of her crew.

15 July 1943:
Removed from the Navy’s list under instruction No. 1455.


Authors' Notes:
[1] There were two categories of Kyutanyusen. (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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