japanese Kyusyu Maru (Kuysu Maru) ? [+1942]
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nationality japanese
propulsion motor vessel (diesel)
date built 1937
weight (tons) 8666  grt
dimensions 142.3 x 18.9 x 12.5 m
engine dual shaft, 14 cylinder diesel engine.
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cause lost air raid
date lost 15/10/1942  [dd/mm/yyyy]
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Mitsubishi Shipyard
Harada Kisen
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depth (m.) 60 max. / 3 min. (m)
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entered 28/08/2008
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last update 21/06/2012
[1] Lettens Jan29/02/2012
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Lockett Graham13/10/2010One of the ships sunk at Guadalcanal is the wreck of the Kyusyu Maru but better known by the name of the nearby creek, Ruiniu. The name of the ship is also spelt as Kyoshu or Kyushu.

American reports say that on the morning of 15 October 1942, US aircraft attacked the ships, sinking one transport (the Kyusyu Maru) and setting two more alight. All the Japanese ships were successful in landing all the troops (between 3,000 and 4,000) and 80% of their cargo.

However, a Japanese solder, Genjirou Inui, recorded in his diary that: A crew member of Kyusyu-Maru [sic] noted in his memoranda reported that the Asahi, Sasago-maru, Azumasan-Maru and Kyusyu-Maru had gone up in flames in the night. "Many records of the war reported that Kyusyu-Maru, her body ablaze, was rushed onto the beach to save the cargo. But the plain truth is this. A bomb hit the ship squarely on the bridge and our captain and other officers were all killed. But the engineers below deck didn't know that. So they put the ship on full steam till she was stranded on the beach of Guadalcanal".

After the war the Kyusyu Maru may have been used for bombing practice by the Americans and in the 1960s there was some salvage work carried out by Australians
Lettens Jan22/06/2012On October 15th, 1942, Japanese heavy cruisers Chokai and Kinugasa (Vice Admiral Mikawa Gunichi) bombard Henderson Field, covering the movement of six destroyers and eleven transports to Tassafaronga, Guadalcanal.

Planes from Henderson Field, including USMC and Navy SBDs (VMSB 141, VB 6, other unidentified units), USAAF B-17s and P-39/P-400s, Navy F4Fs (VF 5), and USMC PBY, conduct a succession of attacks upon a Japanese supply convoy off Tassafaronga undamaged by VS 3's strike the previous day.

USAAF B-17s damage transport Azumasan Maru which, along with merchant cargo ship Kyusyu Maru, is run aground, where uncontrollable fires destroy both ships. Air attacks also sink Sasago Maru and damage destroyer Samidare.
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