Kyusyu Maru

Solomon Islands,Asia

Kyusyu Maru was a general cargo ship laid down by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries in August 1937. She was launched in
December 1938 for the Japanese company Harada Kisen K.K. She was requistioned by the Japanese Navy in July 1941 and later converted to a troop transport. She participated in the invasion in Thailand and supplying the Japanese forces at Gualdalcanal. Sailing in a convoy loaded with military supplies and soldiers, she was spotted by American airplanes 15. October 1942. She is soon hit by a bomb that ignites the ammunition on board, and orders to beach the ship is given. Most of her cargo was unloaded but the burned out vessel was written off as a total loss. The upper parts of the wreck was salvaged in the 1960's, and her battered hull rest today on a depth of 5 to 45 meter right outside Ruaniu.

Former names:
Kyusyu Maru

142,3 x 18,9 x 12,5 m
Tons: Built: Home Port:
8666 grt
Nagasaki ( JP ) 1938
Osaka ( JP )

9°21'00.0"S 159°50'34.0"E

Last updated: October 2020