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Hikawa Maru

CountryJapan
BuilderYokohama Dock Company, Yokohama, Japan
Laid Down9 Nov 1928
Launched30 Sep 1929
Commissioned25 Apr 1930
Displacement11849 tons standard
Length536 feet
Beam66 feet
MachineryBurmeister & Wain diesel engines, two screws
Speed18 knots
Passenger Capacity75 first class, 70 second class, 186 third class (331 total)

Contributor:

ww2dbaseLuxury ocean liner Hikawa Maru was built and operated by Nippon Yusen Kaisha (NYK). Her maiden voyage began on 13 May 1930, sailing from Kobe, Japan to Seattle, Washington, United States. In the 1930s, she had hosted many celebrities, such as Charlie Chaplin (British actor) and Jigoro Kano (founder of Judo). In 1940 and 1941, her passengers included some of the Jews who were able to escape from Germany; she was the first Japanese ship to carry Jewish refugees across the Pacific to North America. After the start of the Pacific War, she was converted into a hospital ship. For the duration of the war, she was commanded by naval surgeons. She was detected by American submarines on several occasions during the war, but her hospital ship markings saved her from being attacked. On 15 Jun 1942, during her third voyage as a hospital ship, she tended to about 500 survivors of the Battle of Midway, delivered to her by cruiser Nagara. After the Japanese surrender, she was pressed into American service and was used to bring Japanese troops back to Japan from various Pacific islands. In 1947, she returned to Japanese civilian service. In 1954, she underwent a major refit. On 21 Dec 1960, she was taken out of service due to the growing popularity of air travel. In 1961, she became a floating youth hostel, museum, and restaurant at Yokohama, Japan. Today she remains at Yokohama as a museum ship.

ww2dbaseSources: Nihon Kaigun, Wikipedia.

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Hikawa Maru Operational Timeline

25 Apr 1930 Hikawa Maru was commissioned into service.
13 May 1930 Japanese luxury ocean liner Hikawa Maru commenced her maiden voyage from Kobe for Seattle.
16 Jul 1930 Japanese luxury ocean liner Hikawa Maru departed Hong Kong for Seattle, her second round trip across the Pacific.
3 Oct 1932 Japanese luxury ocean liner Hikawa Maru departed Kobe for Seattle, her 13th round trip across the Pacific.
28 Nov 1932 Japanese luxury ocean liner Hikawa Maru departed Kobe for Seattle, her 14th round trip across the Pacific.
26 Jan 1937 Civilian Captain Nai Haremaro took command of the Japanese luxury ocean liner Hikawa Maru.
21 Sep 1938 Japanese luxury ocean liner Hikawa Maru ran aground on a shoal near West Point, Washington, United States in a dense fog.
22 Jul 1940 Japanese luxury ocean liner Hikawa Maru departed Yokohama, Japan for Seattle, Washington, United States. Aboard were 82 Jewish refugees originally from Germany.
3 Aug 1940 Japanese luxury ocean liner Hikawa Maru disembarked 82 Jewish refugees at Pier 89, Seattle, becoming the first Japanese ship to take on Jewish refugees to North America.
5 Jun 1941 Japanese luxury ocean liner Hikawa Maru departed Yokohama for Vancouver, with some Jewish refugees on board.
20 Jul 1941 Japanese luxury ocean liner Hikawa Maru arrived at Osaka, completing her 73rd round trip across the Pacific.
20 Oct 1941 Japanese luxury ocean liner Hikawa Maru departed Yokohama for Seattle.
18 Nov 1941 Japanese luxury ocean liner Hikawa Maru arrived at Yokohama, completing her 74th and last round trip across the Pacific.
21 Nov 1941 Japanese Navy acquired luxury ocean liner Hikawa Maru for use as a hospital ship; Hikawa Maru was assigned to the Yokosuka Naval District, Japan.
1 Dec 1941 Japanese luxury ocean liner Hikawa Maru entered Mitsubishi Zosen yard for conversion into a hospital ship; naval surgeon Captain Kanai Izumi took command of the ship.
8 Dec 1941 The rebuilding of the interior of Japanese luxury ocean liner Hikawa Maru began.
21 Dec 1941 Former luxury ocean liner Hikawa Maru completed her conversion into a Japanese Navy hospital ship.
23 Dec 1941 Japanese hospital ship Hikawa Maru departed Yokosuka, Japan on her first voyage for the Japanese Navy.
31 Dec 1941 Japanese hospital ship Hikawa Maru arrived at Roi, Marshall Islands.
2 Jan 1942 Japanese hospital ship Hikawa Maru departed at Roi, Marshall Islands.
5 Jan 1942 Japanese hospital ship Hikawa Maru arrived at Truk, Caroline Islands.
16 Jan 1942 Japanese hospital ship Hikawa Maru departed Truk, Caroline Islands.
29 Jan 1942 Japanese hospital ship Hikawa Maru arrived at Truk, Caroline Islands.
1 Feb 1942 Japanese hospital ship Hikawa Maru departed Truk, Caroline Islands.
4 Feb 1942 Japanese hospital ship Hikawa Maru arrived at Kwajalein to tend to personnel wounded on an American strike on 1 Feb; departed later on the same day.
5 Feb 1942 Japanese hospital ship Hikawa Maru arrived at Roi, Marshall Islands.
6 Feb 1942 Japanese hospital ship Hikawa Maru departed at Roi, Marshall Islands.
7 Feb 1942 Japanese hospital ship Hikawa Maru arrived at Wotje, Marshall Islands to tend to personnel wounded on an American strike on 1 Feb.
8 Feb 1942 Japanese hospital ship Hikawa Maru departed Wotje, Marshall Islands.
9 Feb 1942 Japanese hospital ship Hikawa Maru arrived at Kwajalein, departing later on the same day.
16 Feb 1942 Japanese hospital ship Hikawa Maru arrived at Yokosuka, Japan.
22 Feb 1942 Japanese hospital ship Hikawa Maru departed Yokosuka, Japan for her second voyage for the Japanese Navy.
27 Feb 1942 Japanese hospital ship Hikawa Maru arrived at Truk, Caroline Islands.
28 Feb 1942 Japanese hospital ship Hikawa Maru departed Truk, Caroline Islands.
3 Mar 1942 Japanese hospital ship Hikawa Maru arrived at Palau.
6 Mar 1942 Japanese hospital ship Hikawa Maru departed Palau.
10 Mar 1942 Japanese hospital ship Hikawa Maru arrived at Rabaul.
18 Mar 1942 Japanese hospital ship Hikawa Maru departed Rabaul, New Britain.
21 Mar 1942 Japanese hospital ship Hikawa Maru arrived at Truk, Caroline Islands.
26 Mar 1942 Japanese hospital ship Hikawa Maru departed Truk, Caroline Islands.
28 Mar 1942 Japanese hospital ship Hikawa Maru arrived at Guam.
29 Mar 1942 Japanese hospital ship Hikawa Maru departed Guam.
1 Apr 1942 Japanese hospital ship Hikawa Maru arrived at Saipan, departing later on the same day.
5 Apr 1942 Japanese hospital ship Hikawa Maru arrived at Yokosuka, Japan for repairs in the drydock.
25 Apr 1942 Japanese hospital ship Hikawa Maru departed Yokosuka, Japan for her third voyage for the Japanese Navy.
30 Apr 1942 Japanese hospital ship Hikawa Maru arrived at Truk, Caroline Islands.
5 May 1942 Japanese hospital ship Hikawa Maru departed Truk, Caroline Islands.
8 May 1942 Japanese hospital ship Hikawa Maru arrived at Rabaul.
11 May 1942 Japanese hospital ship Hikawa Maru departed Rabaul, New Britain.
12 May 1942 Japanese hospital ship Hikawa Maru arrived at Queen Carola Harbor near Buka, Bougainville, departing later on the same day.
15 May 1942 Japanese hospital ship Hikawa Maru was detected by American submarine USS Tautog before dawn south of Truk; as the sun rose, USS Tautog noted the hospital ship markings and abandoned her attack. Hikawa Maru arrived at Truk later that day.
17 May 1942 Japanese hospital ship Hikawa Maru departed Truk, Caroline Islands.
22 May 1942 Japanese hospital ship Hikawa Maru arrived at Yokosuka, Japan and departed for Kure, Japan later that day.
15 Jun 1942 Japanese hospital ship Hikawa Maru took on 500 wounded survivors from the Battle of Midway.
21 Jun 1942 Japanese hospital ship Hikawa Maru departed Hashirajima, Japan.
22 Jun 1942 Japanese hospital ship Hikawa Maru arrived at Yokosuka, Japan.
23 Jun 1942 Japanese hospital ship Hikawa Maru departed Yokosuka, Japan.
26 Jun 1942 Japanese hospital ship Hikawa Maru departed Kure, Japan for her fourth voyage for the Japanese Navy.
1 Jul 1942 Japanese hospital ship Hikawa Maru arrived at Davao, Philippine Islands.
3 Jul 1942 Japanese hospital ship Hikawa Maru departed Davao, Philippine Islands.
4 Jul 1942 Japanese hospital ship Hikawa Maru arrived at Menado, Celebes.
5 Jul 1942 Japanese hospital ship Hikawa Maru departed Menado, Celebes.
6 Jul 1942 Japanese hospital ship Hikawa Maru arrived at Kendari, Celebes.
7 Jul 1942 Japanese hospital ship Hikawa Maru departed Kendari, Celebes.
8 Jul 1942 Japanese hospital ship Hikawa Maru arrived at Ambon, Molucca Islands.
9 Jul 1942 Japanese hospital ship Hikawa Maru departed Ambon, Molucca Islands.
11 Jul 1942 Japanese hospital ship Hikawa Maru arrived at Kupang, Timor and departed later on the same day.
13 Jul 1942 Japanese hospital ship Hikawa Maru arrived at Makassar, Celebes.
15 Jul 1942 Japanese hospital ship Hikawa Maru departed Makassar, Celebes.
16 Jul 1942 Japanese hospital ship Hikawa Maru arrived at Balikpapan, Dutch Borneo.
18 Jul 1942 Japanese hospital ship Hikawa Maru departed Balikpapan, Dutch Borneo.
19 Jul 1942 Japanese hospital ship Hikawa Maru arrived at Surabaya, Java.
22 Jul 1942 Japanese hospital ship Hikawa Maru departed Surabaya, Java.
25 Jul 1942 Japanese hospital ship Hikawa Maru arrived at Singapore.
26 Jul 1942 Japanese hospital ship Hikawa Maru departed Singapore.
27 Jul 1942 American submarine USS Gar detected Japanese hospital ship Hikawa Maru and allowed her to pass.
28 Jul 1942 Japanese hospital ship Hikawa Maru arrived at Saigon, Indochina.
30 Jul 1942 Japanese hospital ship Hikawa Maru departed Saigon, Indochina.
2 Aug 1942 Japanese hospital ship Hikawa Maru arrived at Manila, Philippine Islands.
5 Aug 1942 Japanese hospital ship Hikawa Maru departed Manila, Philippine Islands.
7 Aug 1942 Japanese hospital ship Hikawa Maru arrived at Mako, Pescadores.
8 Aug 1942 Japanese hospital ship Hikawa Maru departed Mako, Pescadores.
10 Aug 1942 Japanese hospital ship Hikawa Maru arrived at Sasebo, Japan.
11 Aug 1942 Japanese hospital ship Hikawa Maru departed Sasebo, Japan.
12 Aug 1942 Japanese hospital ship Hikawa Maru arrived at Kure, Japan.
28 Aug 1942 Japanese hospital ship Hikawa Maru departed Kure, Japan for her 5th voyage with the Japanese Navy.
4 Sep 1942 Japanese hospital ship Hikawa Maru arrived at Truk, Caroline Islands.
6 Sep 1942 Japanese hospital ship Hikawa Maru departed Truk, Caroline Islands.
9 Sep 1942 Japanese hospital ship Hikawa Maru arrived at Rabaul.
11 Sep 1942 Japanese hospital ship Hikawa Maru departed Rabaul, arriving at Kavieng later on the same day.
12 Sep 1942 Japanese hospital ship Hikawa Maru departed Kavieng.
14 Sep 1942 Japanese hospital ship Hikawa Maru arrived at Truk, Caroline Islands.
15 Sep 1942 Japanese hospital ship Hikawa Maru departed Truk, Caroline Islands.
20 Sep 1942 Japanese hospital ship Hikawa Maru arrived at Yokosuka, Japan.
26 Sep 1942 Japanese hospital ship Hikawa Maru departed Yokosuka, Japan for her 6th voyage with the Japanese Navy.
2 Oct 1942 Japanese hospital ship Hikawa Maru arrived at Truk, Caroline Islands.
7 Oct 1942 Japanese hospital ship Hikawa Maru departed Truk, Caroline Islands.
9 Oct 1942 Japanese hospital ship Hikawa Maru arrived at Rabaul.
10 Oct 1942 Japanese hospital ship Hikawa Maru departed Rabaul, New Britain.
18 Oct 1942 Japanese hospital ship Hikawa Maru arrived at Yokosuka, Japan.
21 Oct 1942 Captain and Surgeon Masato Honma became the new commanding officer of hospital ship Hikawa Maru.
22 Oct 1942 Japanese hospital ship Hikawa Maru departed Yokosuka, Japan for her 7th voyage with the Japanese Navy.
28 Oct 1942 Japanese hospital ship Hikawa Maru arrived at Truk, Caroline Islands.
7 Nov 1942 Japanese hospital ship Hikawa Maru departed Truk, Caroline Islands.
10 Nov 1942 Japanese hospital ship Hikawa Maru arrived at Buin, Bougainville.
11 Nov 1942 Japanese hospital ship Hikawa Maru departed Buin, Bougainville.
12 Nov 1942 Japanese hospital ship Hikawa Maru arrived at Rabaul.
13 Nov 1942 Japanese hospital ship Hikawa Maru departed Rabaul, New Britain.
21 Nov 1942 Japanese hospital ship Hikawa Maru arrived at Yokosuka, Japan.
29 Nov 1942 Japanese hospital ship Hikawa Maru departed Yokosuka, Japan for her 8th voyage with the Japanese Navy.
6 Dec 1942 Japanese hospital ship Hikawa Maru arrived at Truk, Caroline Islands.
11 Dec 1942 Japanese hospital ship Hikawa Maru departed Truk, Caroline Islands.
14 Dec 1942 American submarine USS Wahoo detected hospital ship Hikawa Maru and allowed her to pass after seeing her red cross marking. Hikawa Maru arrived at Buin, Bougainville later that day.
15 Dec 1942 US submarine USS Seadragon discovered Japanese hospital ship Hikawa Maru, with an escorting destroyer, zigzagging in the St. George's Channel off New Britain. Although Hikawa Maru was in violation of international law (by zigzagging and by being accompanied by a warship), USS Seadragon did not attack. Hikawa Maru arrived at Rabaul later that day.
17 Dec 1942 Japanese hospital ship Hikawa Maru departed Rabaul, New Britain.
25 Dec 1942 Japanese hospital ship Hikawa Maru arrived at Yokosuka, Japan.
5 Jan 1943 Japanese hospital ship Hikawa Maru departed Yokosuka, Japan for her 9th voyage with the Japanese Navy.
11 Jan 1943 Japanese hospital ship Hikawa Maru arrived at Truk, Caroline Islands.
18 Jan 1943 Japanese hospital ship Hikawa Maru departed Truk, Caroline Islands.
21 Jan 1943 Japanese hospital ship Hikawa Maru arrived at Rabaul and departed later on the same day.
29 Jan 1943 Japanese hospital ship Hikawa Maru arrived at Yokosuka, Japan.
5 Feb 1943 Japanese hospital ship Hikawa Maru departed Yokosuka, Japan for her 10th voyage with the Japanese Navy.
11 Feb 1943 Japanese hospital ship Hikawa Maru arrived at Truk, Caroline Islands.
14 Feb 1943 Japanese hospital ship Hikawa Maru departed Truk, Caroline Islands.
16 Feb 1943 Japanese hospital ship Hikawa Maru arrived at Kavieng, New Ireland, and departed later on the same day.
17 Feb 1943 Japanese hospital ship Hikawa Maru arrived at Rabaul, New Britain and departed later on the same day.
20 Feb 1943 Japanese hospital ship Hikawa Maru arrived at Truk, Caroline Islands.
24 Feb 1943 Japanese hospital ship Hikawa Maru departed Truk, Caroline Islands.
26 Feb 1943 Japanese hospital ship Hikawa Maru arrived at Saipan, departing later on the same day.
2 Mar 1943 Japanese hospital ship Hikawa Maru arrived at Yokosuka, Japan then sailed to Yokohama, Japan later on the same day.
12 Mar 1943 Japanese hospital ship Hikawa Maru departed Yokohoma for her 11th voyage with the Japanese Navy.
16 Mar 1943 Japanese hospital ship Hikawa Maru arrived at Saipan, departing later on the same day.
18 Mar 1943 Japanese hospital ship Hikawa Maru arrived at Truk, Caroline Islands.
23 Mar 1943 Japanese hospital ship Hikawa Maru departed Truk, Caroline Islands.
26 Mar 1943 Japanese hospital ship Hikawa Maru arrived at Buin, Bougainville departing later on the same day.
27 Mar 1943 Japanese hospital ship Hikawa Maru arrived at Rabaul, New Britain departing later on the same day.
28 Mar 1943 Japanese hospital ship Hikawa Maru arrived at Kavieng, New Ireland departing later on the same day.
30 Mar 1943 Japanese hospital ship Hikawa Maru arrived at Truk, Caroline Islands.
1 Apr 1943 Japanese hospital ship Hikawa Maru departed Truk, Caroline Islands.
8 Apr 1943 Japanese hospital ship Hikawa Maru arrived at Yokosuka, Japan.
18 Apr 1943 Japanese hospital ship Hikawa Maru departed Yokosuka, Japan for her 12th voyage with the Japanese Navy.
24 Apr 1943 Japanese hospital ship Hikawa Maru arrived at Truk, Caroline Islands.
28 Apr 1943 Japanese hospital ship Hikawa Maru departed Truk, Caroline Islands.
1 May 1943 Japanese hospital ship Hikawa Maru arrived at Rabaul, New Britain.
2 May 1943 Japanese hospital ship Hikawa Maru departed Rabaul, New Britain.
3 May 1943 Japanese hospital ship Hikawa Maru arrived at Kavieng, New Ireland departing later on the same day.
5 May 1943 Japanese hospital ship Hikawa Maru arrived at Truk, Caroline Islands.
7 May 1943 Japanese hospital ship Hikawa Maru departed Truk, Caroline Islands.
9 May 1943 Japanese hospital ship Hikawa Maru arrived at Saipan, departing later on the same day.
13 May 1943 Japanese hospital ship Hikawa Maru arrived at Yokosuka, Japan.
11 Jun 1943 Japanese hospital ship Hikawa Maru departed Yokosuka, Japan for her 13th voyage with the Japanese Navy.
19 Jun 1943 Japanese hospital ship Hikawa Maru arrived at Rabaul, New Britain and departed later on the same day.
22 Jun 1943 Japanese hospital ship Hikawa Maru arrived at Truk, Caroline Islands.
4 Jul 1943 Japanese hospital ship Hikawa Maru departed Truk, Caroline Islands.
6 Jul 1943 Japanese hospital ship Hikawa Maru arrived at Kavieng, New Ireland departing later on the same day.
7 Jul 1943 Japanese hospital ship Hikawa Maru arrived at Rabaul and then Kavieng, departing later in the same day.
10 Jul 1943 Japanese hospital ship Hikawa Maru arrived at Truk, Caroline Islands.
13 Jul 1943 Japanese hospital ship Hikawa Maru departed Truk, Caroline Islands.
18 Jul 1943 Japanese hospital ship Hikawa Maru arrived at Yokosuka, Japan.
28 Jul 1943 Japanese hospital ship Hikawa Maru departed Yokosuka, Japan for her 14th voyage with the Japanese Navy.
1 Sep 1943 Japanese hospital ship Hikawa Maru arrived at Yokosuka, Japan.
9 Sep 1943 Japanese hospital ship Hikawa Maru departed Yokosuka, Japan for her 15th voyage with the Japanese Navy.
15 Sep 1943 Japanese hospital ship Hikawa Maru arrived at Manila, Philippine Islands.
18 Sep 1943 Japanese hospital ship Hikawa Maru departed Manila, Philippine Islands.
21 Sep 1943 Japanese hospital ship Hikawa Maru arrived at Davao, Philippine Islands.
22 Sep 1943 Japanese hospital ship Hikawa Maru departed Davao, Philippine Islands.
24 Sep 1943 Japanese hospital ship Hikawa Maru arrived at Ambon, Molucca Islands and departed later on the same day.
26 Sep 1943 Japanese hospital ship Hikawa Maru arrived at Kupang, Timor and departed later on the same day.
28 Sep 1943 Japanese hospital ship Hikawa Maru arrived at Makassar, Celebes and departed later on the same day.
29 Sep 1943 Japanese hospital ship Hikawa Maru arrived at Balikpapan, Dutch Borneo.
2 Oct 1943 Japanese hospital ship Hikawa Maru departed Balikpapan, Dutch Borneo.
3 Oct 1943 Japanese hospital ship Hikawa Maru arrived at Surabaya, Java. Upon arrival, she was damaged by a mine.
10 Oct 1943 Japanese hospital ship Hikawa Maru departed Surabaya, Java.
11 Oct 1943 Japanese hospital ship Hikawa Maru arrived at Jakarta, Java.
13 Oct 1943 Japanese hospital ship Hikawa Maru departed Jakarta, Java.
15 Oct 1943 Japanese hospital ship Hikawa Maru arrived at Singapore.
18 Oct 1943 Japanese hospital ship Hikawa Maru departed Singapore.
21 Oct 1943 Japanese hospital ship Hikawa Maru arrived at Saigon, Indochina.
22 Oct 1943 Japanese hospital ship Hikawa Maru departed Saigon, Indochina.
24 Oct 1943 Japanese hospital ship Hikawa Maru arrived at Sanya, Hainan, China.
25 Oct 1943 Japanese hospital ship Hikawa Maru departed Sanya, Hainan, China and arrived at Takao, Taiwan; she would depart again later on the same day.
31 Oct 1943 Japanese hospital ship Hikawa Maru arrived at Sasebo, Japan.
2 Nov 1943 Japanese hospital ship Hikawa Maru departed Sasebo, Japan.
4 Nov 1943 Japanese hospital ship Hikawa Maru arrived at Yokosuka, Japan.
5 Nov 1943 Captain and Surgeon Mamoru Nomura became the new commanding officer of hospital ship Hikawa Maru.
16 Nov 1943 Japanese hospital ship Hikawa Maru departed Yokosuka, Japan for her 16th voyage with the Japanese Navy.
22 Nov 1943 Japanese hospital ship Hikawa Maru arrived at Truk, Caroline Islands.
12 Dec 1943 Japanese hospital ship Hikawa Maru departed Truk, Caroline Islands.
15 Dec 1943 Japanese hospital ship Hikawa Maru arrived at Kwajalein, Marshall Islands.
16 Dec 1943 Japanese hospital ship Hikawa Maru departed Kwajalein, then arrived at Roi; she would depart later in the same day.
17 Dec 1943 Japanese hospital ship Hikawa Maru arrived at Wotje, Marshall Islands.
18 Dec 1943 Japanese hospital ship Hikawa Maru departed Wotje, then arrived at Taroa, in the Marshall Islands; she would depart later in the same day.
19 Dec 1943 Japanese hospital ship Hikawa Maru arrived at Kwajalein, Marshall Islands.
21 Dec 1943 Japanese hospital ship Hikawa Maru departed Kwajalein, then arrived at Roi.
22 Dec 1943 Japanese hospital ship Hikawa Maru departed Roi.
25 Dec 1943 Japanese hospital ship Hikawa Maru arrived at Truk, Caroline Islands.
28 Dec 1943 Japanese hospital ship Hikawa Maru departed Truk, Caroline Islands.
31 Dec 1943 Japanese hospital ship Hikawa Maru arrived at Palau.
2 Jan 1944 Japanese hospital ship Hikawa Maru departed Palau.
7 Jan 1944 Japanese hospital ship Hikawa Maru arrived at Sasebo, Japan.
11 Jan 1944 Japanese hospital ship Hikawa Maru arrived at Yokosuka, Japan.
19 Jan 1944 Japanese hospital ship Hikawa Maru departed Yokosuka, Japan for her 17th voyage with the Japanese Navy.
25 Jan 1944 Japanese hospital ship Hikawa Maru arrived at Truk, Caroline Islands.
28 Jan 1944 Japanese hospital ship Hikawa Maru departed Truk, Caroline Islands.
31 Jan 1944 Japanese hospital ship Hikawa Maru arrived at Rabaul, New Britain and departed later on the same day.
3 Feb 1944 Japanese hospital ship Hikawa Maru arrived at Truk and departed later on the same day.
9 Feb 1944 Japanese hospital ship Hikawa Maru arrived at Beppu, Japan.
10 Feb 1944 Japanese hospital ship Hikawa Maru departed Beppu, Japan.
11 Feb 1944 Japanese hospital ship Hikawa Maru arrived at Kure, Japan.
12 Feb 1944 Japanese hospital ship Hikawa Maru departed Kure, Japan.
14 Feb 1944 Japanese hospital ship Hikawa Maru arrived at Yokosuka, Japan.
15 Feb 1944 Captain Juji Kakumu became the new commanding officer of hospital ship Hikawa Maru.
20 Feb 1944 Japanese hospital ship Hikawa Maru departed Yokosuka, Japan for her 18th voyage with the Japanese Navy.
26 Feb 1944 Japanese hospital ship Hikawa Maru arrived at Truk, Caroline Islands.
20 Apr 1944 Japanese hospital ship Hikawa Maru departed Yokosuka, Japan for her 19th voyage with the Japanese Navy.
24 Apr 1944 Japanese hospital ship Hikawa Maru arrived at Saipan.
25 Apr 1944 Japanese hospital ship Hikawa Maru departed Saipan.
27 Apr 1944 Japanese hospital ship Hikawa Maru arrived at Truk and departed later on the same day.
1 May 1944 Japanese hospital ship Hikawa Maru arrived at Palau and departed later on the same day.
5 May 1944 Japanese hospital ship Hikawa Maru arrived at Balikpapan, Dutch Borneo.
6 May 1944 Japanese hospital ship Hikawa Maru departed Balikpapan, Dutch Borneo.
9 May 1944 Japanese hospital ship Hikawa Maru arrived at Ambon, Molucca Islands and departed later on the same day.
13 May 1944 Japanese hospital ship Hikawa Maru arrived at Surabaya, Java.
17 May 1944 Japanese hospital ship Hikawa Maru departed Surabaya, Java.
19 May 1944 Japanese hospital ship Hikawa Maru arrived at Singapore.
23 May 1944 Japanese hospital ship Hikawa Maru departed Singapore.
28 May 1944 Japanese hospital ship Hikawa Maru arrived at Manila, Philippine Islands.
30 May 1944 Japanese hospital ship Hikawa Maru departed Manila, Philippine Islands.
4 Jun 1944 Japanese hospital ship Hikawa Maru arrived at Sasebo, Japan.
13 Jun 1944 Japanese hospital ship Hikawa Maru departed Sasebo, Japan.
14 Jun 1944 Japanese hospital ship Hikawa Maru arrived at Yokosuka, Japan.
1 Jul 1944 Japanese hospital ship Hikawa Maru departed Yokosuka, Japan for her 20th voyage with the Japanese Navy.
9 Jul 1944 Japanese hospital ship Hikawa Maru arrived at Palau and departed later on the same day.
13 Jul 1944 Japanese hospital ship Hikawa Maru arrived at Truk, Caroline Islands.
15 Jul 1944 Japanese hospital ship Hikawa Maru departed Truk and arrived at Mereyon, Yap; she would depart later on the same day.
19 Jul 1944 Japanese hospital ship Hikawa Maru arrived at Davao, Philippine Islands; she was damaged by a mine just prior to arrival.
26 Jul 1944 Japanese hospital ship Hikawa Maru departed Davao, Philippine Islands.
1 Aug 1944 Japanese hospital ship Hikawa Maru arrived at Yokosuka, Japan.
2 Sep 1944 Japanese hospital ship Hikawa Maru departed Yokosuka, Japan for her 21th voyage with the Japanese Navy.
3 Sep 1944 Japanese hospital ship Hikawa Maru arrived at Kure, Japan.
5 Sep 1944 Japanese hospital ship Hikawa Maru departed Kure, Japan.
12 Sep 1944 Japanese hospital ship Hikawa Maru arrived at Manila, Philippine Islands.
15 Sep 1944 Japanese hospital ship Hikawa Maru departed Manila, Philippine Islands.
20 Sep 1944 Japanese hospital ship Hikawa Maru arrived at Surabaya, Java.
25 Sep 1944 Japanese hospital ship Hikawa Maru departed Surabaya, Java and arrived at Jamuan.
26 Sep 1944 Japanese hospital ship Hikawa Maru departed Jamuan.
29 Sep 1944 Japanese hospital ship Hikawa Maru arrived at Balikpapan, Dutch Borneo.
30 Sep 1944 Japanese hospital ship Hikawa Maru departed Balikpapan, Dutch Borneo.
2 Oct 1944 Japanese hospital ship Hikawa Maru arrived at Davao, Philippine Islands and departed later on the same day.
10 Oct 1944 Japanese hospital ship Hikawa Maru arrived at Sasebo, Japan.
17 Oct 1944 Japanese hospital ship Hikawa Maru departed Sasebo, Japan.
21 Oct 1944 Japanese hospital ship Hikawa Maru arrived at Manila, Philippine Islands.
22 Oct 1944 Japanese hospital ship Hikawa Maru departed Manila, Philippine Islands.
28 Oct 1944 Japanese hospital ship Hikawa Maru arrived at Yokosuka, Japan.
29 Oct 1944 Captain and Surgeon Shunroku Kagiyama became the commanding officer of hospital ship Hikawa Maru.
5 Nov 1944 Japanese hospital ship Hikawa Maru departed Yokosuka, Japan for her 22th voyage with the Japanese Navy.
18 Nov 1944 Japanese hospital ship Hikawa Maru arrived at Singapore.
25 Dec 1944 Japanese hospital ship Hikawa Maru arrived at Yokosuka, Japan.
26 Jan 1945 Japanese hospital ship Hikawa Maru departed Yokosuka, Japan for her 23th voyage with the Japanese Navy.
14 Feb 1945 Japanese hospital ship Hikawa Maru departed Singapore.
1 Mar 1945 Japanese hospital ship Hikawa Maru arrived at Manila, Philippine Islands; she hit a mine in the Singapore Strait en route to Manila, but was able to arrive under her own power.
24 Mar 1945 Japanese hospital ship Hikawa Maru arrived at Yokosuka, Japan and prepared to enter drydocks for repairs.
30 Apr 1945 Japanese hospital ship Hikawa Maru departed Yokosuka, Japan for her 24th voyage with the Japanese Navy.
2 May 1945 Japanese hospital ship Hikawa Maru arrived at Kure, Japan.
12 May 1945 Japanese hospital ship Hikawa Maru departed Kure, Japan.
14 May 1945 Japanese hospital ship Hikawa Maru arrived at Maizuru, Japan.
16 May 1945 Japanese hospital ship Hikawa Maru departed Maizuru, Japan.
17 May 1945 Japanese hospital ship Hikawa Maru arrived at Sasebo, Japan.
19 May 1945 Japanese hospital ship Hikawa Maru departed Sasebo, Japan.
29 May 1945 Japanese hospital ship Hikawa Maru arrived at Jakarta, Java.
2 Jun 1945 Japanese hospital ship Hikawa Maru departed Jakarta, Java.
4 Jun 1945 Japanese hospital ship Hikawa Maru arrived at Seletar, Singapore.
5 Jun 1945 Japanese hospital ship Hikawa Maru departed Seletar, Singapore.
9 Jun 1945 Japanese hospital ship Hikawa Maru arrived at Yulin, Hainan, China and departed on the same day.
14 Jun 1945 Japanese hospital ship Hikawa Maru arrived at Sasebo, Japan.
21 Jun 1945 Japanese hospital ship Hikawa Maru arrived at Maizuru, Japan and was drydocked for maintenance.
4 Jul 1945 Japanese hospital ship Hikawa Maru departed Maizuru, Japan.
5 Jul 1945 Japanese hospital ship Hikawa Maru arrived at Sasebo, Japan.
8 Jul 1945 Japanese hospital ship Hikawa Maru arrived at Maizuru, Japan.
10 Sep 1945 Allied repatriation ship Hikawa Maru departed Maizuru, Japan.
27 Sep 1945 Allied repatriation ship Hikawa Maru arrived at Mille, Marshall Islands, embarked Japanese troops, and departed later in the same day.
7 Oct 1945 Allied repatriation ship Hikawa Maru arrived at Uraga, Japan and disembarked troops.
26 Oct 1945 Allied repatriation ship Hikawa Maru departed Uraga, Japan.
31 Oct 1945 Allied repatriation ship Hikawa Maru arrived at Wake Island.
1 Nov 1945 Allied repatriation ship Hikawa Maru departed Wake Island after embarking about 1,000 Japanese troops.
4 Nov 1945 Allied repatriation ship Hikawa Maru arrived at Kusaie, Caroline Islands and embarked Japanese personnel.
6 Nov 1945 Allied repatriation ship Hikawa Maru departed Kusaie, Caroline Islands.
12 Nov 1945 Allied repatriation ship Hikawa Maru arrived at Uraga, Japan and disembarked troops.
15 Nov 1945 Allied repatriation ship Hikawa Maru underwent repairs at the Uraga Zosen docks near Tokyo Bay, Japan.
30 Dec 1945 Allied repatriation ship Hikawa Maru completed its repairs at the Uraga Zosen docks near Tokyo Bay, Japan.
2 Jan 1946 Allied repatriation ship Hikawa Maru departed Uraga, Japan.
6 Jan 1946 Allied repatriation ship Hikawa Maru arrived at Kirun (now Keelung), Taiwan and embarked Japanese personnel.
7 Jan 1946 Allied repatriation ship Hikawa Maru departed Kirun (now Keelung), Taiwan.
14 Jan 1946 Allied repatriation ship Hikawa Maru arrived at Wewak, New Guinea and embarked Japanese personnel.
16 Jan 1946 Allied repatriation ship Hikawa Maru departed Wewak, New Guinea.
23 Jan 1946 Allied repatriation ship Hikawa Maru arrived at Uraga, Japan and disembarked personnel.
2 Feb 1946 Allied repatriation ship Hikawa Maru departed Uraga, Japan.
6 Feb 1946 Allied repatriation ship Hikawa Maru arrived at Kirun (now Keelung), Taiwan and embarked Japanese personnel.
7 Feb 1946 Allied repatriation ship Hikawa Maru departed Kirun (now Keelung), Taiwan.
15 Feb 1946 Allied repatriation ship Hikawa Maru arrived at Fauro Island, Solomon Islands and embarked Japanese personnel.
16 Feb 1946 Allied repatriation ship Hikawa Maru departed Fauro Island, Soloman Islands.
19 Feb 1946 Allied repatriation ship Hikawa Maru arrived at Torokina, Solomon Islands and embarked Japanese personnel.
27 Feb 1946 Allied repatriation ship Hikawa Maru arrived at Uraga, Japan and disembarked personnel.
11 Mar 1946 Allied repatriation ship Hikawa Maru arrived at Rabaul, New Britain and embarked Japanese personnel.
13 Mar 1946 Allied repatriation ship Hikawa Maru departed Rabaul, New Britain.
22 Mar 1946 Allied repatriation ship Hikawa Maru arrived at Kirun (now Keelung), Taiwan and embarked Japanese personnel. She departed later in the same day.
23 Mar 1946 Allied repatriation ship Hikawa Maru arrived at Kagoshima, Japan and disembarked personnel. She departed later on the same day.
28 Mar 1946 Allied repatriation ship Hikawa Maru arrived at Busan, Korea and embarked Japanese personnel. She departed later on the same day.
31 Mar 1946 Allied repatriation ship Hikawa Maru arrived at Uraga, Japan and disembarked personnel. She entered drydock for repairs.
4 May 1946 Allied repatriation ship Hikawa Maru completed its repairs at Uraga, Japan.
6 May 1946 Allied repatriation ship Hikawa Maru departed Uraga, Japan.
15 May 1946 Allied repatriation ship Hikawa Maru arrived at Menado, Celebes, Dutch East Indies and embarked Japanese personnel. She departed later on the same day.
16 May 1946 Allied repatriation ship Hikawa Maru arrived at Morotai, Moluccan Islands and embarked Japanese personnel. She departed later on the same day.
22 May 1946 Allied repatriation ship Hikawa Maru arrived at Balikpapan, Borneo and embarked Japanese personnel. She departed later on the same day.
23 May 1946 Allied repatriation ship Hikawa Maru arrived at Samarinda, Borneo and departed later on the same day.
24 May 1946 Allied repatriation ship Hikawa Maru arrived at Makassar, Celebes, Dutch East Indies and embarked Japanese personnel. She departed later on the same day.
25 May 1946 Allied repatriation ship Hikawa Maru arrived at Bali, Dutch East Indies and embarked Japanese personnel. She departed later on the same day.
28 May 1946 Allied repatriation ship Hikawa Maru arrived at Morotai, Moluccan Islands and embarked Japanese personnel. She departed later on the same day.
16 Jun 1946 Allied repatriation ship Hikawa Maru arrived in Otaka, Japan and disembarked personnel.
23 Jun 1946 Allied repatriation ship Hikawa Maru departed Kure, Japan.
26 Jun 1946 Allied repatriation ship Hikawa Maru arrived in Shanghai, China and embarked Japanese personnel.
1 Jul 1946 Allied repatriation ship Hikawa Maru departed Shanghai, China.
5 Jul 1946 Allied repatriation ship Hikawa Maru arrived at Uraga, Japan and disembarked personnel. She entered drydock for repairs.
3 Aug 1946 Allied repatriation ship Hikawa Maru arrived at Yokohama, Japan for repairs and maintenance.
15 Aug 1946 Allied repatriation ship Hikawa Maru completed its repairs and maintenance at Yokohama, Japan and was returned to civilian service.

Photographs

Japanese hospital ship Hikawa Maru, date unknownMuseum ship Hikawa Maru at Yokohama, Japan, 26 Jul 2009




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