|Builder||Russell & Company, Greenock, Scotland, United Kingdom|
|Sunk||22 Aug 1944|
|Displacement||6,754 tons standard|
Contributor: C. Peter Chen
ww2dbasePassenger ship Tsushima Maru of the shipping company Nippon Yusen Kaisha was carrying a large number of Japanese civilians evacuating from Okinawa to Kagoshima when the convoy she was sailing with, Namo 103, was detected by American submarine USS Bowfin on 22 Aug 1944. Tsushima Maru was sunk near the island of Akusekijima some time between 2200 and 2230 hours, killing 2,251, which included 767 of the 826 children aboard. None of the surviving ships in the convoy stopped to rescue the survivors in fear of continued attacks by the enemy submarine. Tsushima Maru's wreck was located and identified in Dec 1997.
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|22 Aug 1944||American submarine USS Bowfin attacked Japanese convoy Namo 103 and sank passenger ship Tsushima Maru near the island of Akusekijima. 2,251 aboard were killed, including 767 children; most of those killed were civilian evacuees from Okinawa.|
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