From our collection of old postcards ... M. S. Tatsuta Maru ...
|The Tatsuta Maru postcard from 1930s - perhaps early 40s.|
17,000 Gross Tons
Orient - California Service
N. Y. K. Line
|Back of the unused card.|
|Enlargement of the information on back of card.|
Ship history ... from Wikipedia ...
The Tatsuta Maru, also known as Tatuta Maru, was a Japanese ocean liner owned by Nippon Yusen Kaisha (N.Y.K. Line). The ship was built in 1927-1930 by Mitsubishi Shipbuilding & Engineering Co. at Nagasaki, Japan.
The Tatsuta Maru was built for the trans-Pacific Orient-California fortnightly service. Principal ports-of-call included Hong Kong, Shanghai, Kobe, Yokohama, Honolulu, Los Angeles and San Francisco.
In December, 1941, the liner was part of an elaborate Japanese deception plan to mask the unannounced attack on the US Pacific Fleet in Pearl Harbor. She sailed from Yokohama on 2 December bound for San Francisco with the task of exchanging American evacuees from East Asia for Japanese nationals in the United States. She was scheduled to reach the US on 14 December and despite rumours of war the American press wrongly concluded that meant nothing was likely to happen for some time.
The master of the ship had sealed orders to turn around at midnight on 7 December and return to Japan while maintaining radio silence. Subsequently, the Tatsuta Maru was requisitioned as a troopship for the Imperial Japanese Navy.
On February 8, 1943, Tatsuta Maru was torpedoed and sunk by the enemy submarine (USS Tarpon) 42 miles east of Mikurajima. Some 1,400 Japanese soldiers on board were killed.
Recent Skywatch ...
|Sunshine streaming through the cherry blossoms.|
|A flower we couldn't pass up.|
Do you know what it is?
In Port this week ...
|Northern Hawk fishing vessel|
at Pier 91
|We love ship names.|
|Bulk carrier "Chris" departing Elliott Bay|
on March 28.
Thank you for stopping by John's Island.