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5,493 Tons


Ship History
Built by J. Coughlan & Sons, in Vancouver Canada in 1920. Purchased by Asashi Shoki K.K. of Tokyo.

Wartime History
On February 28, 1943 departed Rabaul as part of a convoy to New Guinea. On board were infantry guns and mortars, trucks, landing craft and fuel drums. Also on board were soldiers from the Japanese Army 115th Infantry Regiment including their commander Major Nishikawa.

Sinking History
On March 2, 1943 during the Battle of the Bismarck Sea, spotted by Allied aircraft and attacked and sunk near Cape Gloucester, the first ship in the Japanese convoy sunk during the battle.

References
Battle of the Bismarck Sea by Lex McAulay

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Last Updated
January 10, 2018

 

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