Built by J. Coughlan & Sons, in Vancouver Canada in 1920. Purchased by Asashi Shoki K.K. of Tokyo.
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.
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.
Battle of the Bismarck Sea by
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February 4, 2018