japanese Mitsui Bussan K. K. - 1942 Mitsui Senpaku K. K. MV Mayasan Maru (+1944)
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nationality japanese
purpose transport
type cargo ship
propulsion motor vessel (diesel)
date built 1941
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weight (tons) 9433  grt
dimensions 139.9 x 19 x 7.04 m
material steel
engine 2 diesel engines, dual shaft
armament 6 x 1 - 75/44 88-shiki, 20 x 1 - 13.2/76, 20 Daihatsu landing craft
power 10800  h.p.
speed 20.8  knots
yard no. 300
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cause lost torpedo
date lost 17/11/1944  [dd/mm/yyyy]
casualties  max.3536rank: 13
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Mitsui Bussan K. K. - 1942 Mitsui Senpaku K. K., Tamano
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Allen Tony05/08/2011The Mayasan Maru MV was torpedoed and sunk by the U.S. submarine USS Picuda on November 17th, 1944, about 100 miles W.S.W. of Cheju Do Island, Korea. She was orginally a cargo ship that was converted to a landing craft carrier for the Army in 1943.
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Lettens Jan05/08/2011DISASTER CONVOY HI-81

On November 14th, 1944, MAYASAN MARU departs Imari Bay for Singapore in convoy HI-81 consisting of HASHIDATE MARU, SHINSHU MARU, AKITSU MARU, ARITA MARU, OTOWASAN MARU, KIYOKAWA MARU, TOA MARU, MIRII MARU and KIBITSU MARU escorted by escort carrier SHINYO, destroyer KASHI and kaibokan ETOROFU (F), TSUSHIMA, DAITO, KUME, SHONAN, CD-9 and CD-61.

On November 15th, at 1156, LtCdr (later Rear Admiral) Charles E. Loughlin's USS QUEENFISH (SS-393) torpedoes and sinks AKITSU MARU with the loss of 2,046 men of the IJA's 64th Infantry Regiment and other units aboard. SHINYO's planes and escorts attempt to locate and destroy the submarine, but fail to find her. Landing craft depot ship SHINSHU MARU drops depth charges during and after the sinking of AKITSU MARU. ...

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Mitsui Bussan K. K. - 1942 Mitsui Senpaku K. K., Tamano

Mitsui Senpaku K.K. started in 1876 as Mitsui Bussan Kaisha and was specialised in the coal business. In 1942 the shipping division became independent as Mitsui Senpaku K. K. In 1964 it merged into Osaka Shosen Mitsui Senpaku K. K. usually known as Mitsui OSK Lines Ltd.
 
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 Mitsui Bussan K. K. - 1942 Mitsui Senpaku K. K., Tamano
Mitsui Senpaku K.K. started in 1876 as Mitsui Bussan Kaisha and was specialised in the coal business. In 1942 the shipping division became independent as Mitsui Senpaku K. K. In 1964 it merged into Osaka Shosen Mitsui Senpaku K. K. usually known as Mitsui OSK Lines Ltd.
 
 
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Lettens Jan05/08/2011DISASTER CONVOY HI-81

On November 14th, 1944, MAYASAN MARU departs Imari Bay for Singapore in convoy HI-81 consisting of HASHIDATE MARU, SHINSHU MARU, AKITSU MARU, ARITA MARU, OTOWASAN MARU, KIYOKAWA MARU, TOA MARU, MIRII MARU and KIBITSU MARU escorted by escort carrier SHINYO, destroyer KASHI and kaibokan ETOROFU (F), TSUSHIMA, DAITO, KUME, SHONAN, CD-9 and CD-61.

On November 15th, at 1156, LtCdr (later Rear Admiral) Charles E. Loughlin's USS QUEENFISH (SS-393) torpedoes and sinks AKITSU MARU with the loss of 2,046 men of the IJA's 64th Infantry Regiment and other units aboard. SHINYO's planes and escorts attempt to locate and destroy the submarine, but fail to find her. Landing craft depot ship SHINSHU MARU drops depth charges during and after the sinking of AKITSU MARU.

At 0800, November 17th, convoy HI-81 departs for the Shushan Islands near Shanghai. MAYASAN MARU is carrying 4,387 soldiers of the IJA 23rd Division, most from the division headquarters, the division’s artillery regiment, the 72nd Infantry, and divisional engineers. Also aboard are 88 boy Army communications school graduates and even more young graduates of tank, heavy artillery, field artillery, and antiaircraft artillery schools and the 24th Sea Raiding Battalion with “Maru-Ni” explosive motorboats, large non-divisional units, landing craft and 204 horses. More than 740 replacements for Southern Army are also aboard, as are specialists in wooden boats, water purification, weapons repair, aircraft maintenance, and wire communications.

At 1815, LtCdr Evan T. Shepard's USS PICUDA (SS-382) torpedoes and sinks MAYASAN MARU in rising seas. She sinks in two and a half minutes taking down 3,536 crew and troops and the 204 horses she was carrying. The escorts rescue about 1,300 men. At 2309, LtCdr Gordon W. Underwood’s

USS SPADEFISH (SS-411) torpedoes and sinks escort carrier SHINYO. Escort destroyer KASHI counterattacks with uncertain results.

On November 18th, the crippled convoy anchors East of Shanghai.
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