(WAITEMATA, later YUKI MARU, prewar)
IJA YUKI MARU:
Tabular Record of Movement
© 2014-2017 Bob Hackett
Howden on Tyne, England Laid down at Northumberland Ship Building Co.
Ltd. for the Shipping Controller, London as Yard No. 271, a 5,729-ton British
WW1 Type F1 Standard Cargo Ship.
3 April 1919:
Launched and named WAR RAMPART.
Completed for the Union Steam Ship Co. of Dunedin, New
Zealand. Renamed WAITEMATA and placed on Union Steam Ship Co.'s New Zealand ~
Australia ~ San Francisco route.
Sold to William Crosby & Co, Melbourne, Australia. Renamed
Sold to Dairen Kisen K. K, Dairen, Manchuria. Renamed YUKI MARU. 
16 April 1944:
Requisitioned by the Imperial Army (IJA). Alloted IJA No. 714. 
3 June 1944:
YUKI MARU departs Manila in convoy H-28 also consisting
of ATSUTA, GENKAI, HINODE, KANKYO, PACIFIC and TSUKUBASAN MARUs escorted by
kaibokan CD-3, minesweeper W-28 and subchasers CH-41 and CH-46
13 June 1944:
At 1200, arrives at Kau, Halmahera.
16 June 1944:
At 0600, YUKI MARU departs Wasili, Halmahera for Manila
in joint convoy M-23 and M-24 also consisting of ATSUTA, BELGIUM, GENKAI,
HINODE, KANKYO, MURORAN, TEIYU (ex-Italian CARIGNANO), PACIFIC and TSUKUBASAN MARUs escorted by kaibokan CD-3, minesweepers W-5 and W-28 and subchasers CH-41
Sumba Strait, off Halmahera Island. At 1650, LtCdr (later Rear Admiral) Wreford G.
Chapple’s (USNA ‘30) USS BREAM (SS 243) fires six torpedoes and gets hits in
YUKI MARU's portside between holds No. 2 and 3 and then again in hold No. 3.
YUKI MARU splits in two and sinks at 02-22N, 128-43E. 18 crewmen are KIA. At
about the same time and place, BREAM torpedoes and hits HINODE MARU portside in the engine
room. She loses all power and drifts into the night.
17 June 1944:
At 0503, drifting HINODE MARU runs aground on a coral reef and is
abandoned. Three passengers, 6 gunners and 13 crewmen are KIA.
 One source says W. Crosby & Co intended to rename WAITEMATA
as WILLANDRA, but that the change was not carried out.
 Not to be confused with YUKI MARU (3168/16).
 Probably reequisitioned during an earlier period, but there is no surviving record.
Thanks go to Erich Muehlthaler of Germany.
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