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  Kinryu Maru

9,310 Tons

Ship History
Built at Kawasaki Shipbuilding for for Kokusai Kisen K. K. as a cargo vessel at Kobe. Laid down on November 18, 1937. Launched June 16, 1938 as Kinryu Maru. Completed August 31, 1938 and the next day requisitioned by the Imperial Japanese Navy (IJN). Assigned to the Kure Naval District with Captain Kusakawa Kiyoshi as supervisor.


On September 5, 1941 at Kure Iron Works at Kure, converted into an armed merchant ship and Captain Seizo Yamada assumes command.


Wartime History
On February 11, 1942, this ship was at Gasmata Harbor, along with Kozui Maru. Bombed by three RAAF bombers: Hudson A16-91, Hudson A16-103 and Hudson A16-126.

During the attack, Kinryu Maru sustained one direct hit, the aft derrick was "rendered useless" plus other damage. On board, two officers and eight crew were killed plus four airfield engines and thirty wounded. Afterwards, the ship was temporarily repaired at Gasmata then proceeded to Truk for extensive repairs before returning to Rabaul.


Sinking History
On August 25, 1942 during the Battle of the Eastern Solomons (Second Battle of the Solomon Sea) damaged by U. S. aircraft from Henderson Field roughly 40 miles northeast of Santa Isabel Island. Afterwards, Mutsuki went along side to rescue the crew but was bombed by four B-17 Flying Fortresses and hit. Before sinking, Mutsuki fired a torpedo at burning Kinryu Maru sinking her at roughly Lat 7-47S, Long 160-13E.

Afterwards, Yayoi rescues survivors including Captain Yamada.

We Who are About to Die: The Story of John Lerew page 194 - 197
Combined Fleet IJN KINRYU MARU: Tabular Record of Movement

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Last Updated
August 4, 2020


07-47 S
160-13 E

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