Ship Launching
Commemorative Medals
進水記念章
This medal is for the Tonan Maru #2, a wartime oil tanker launched in 1937. It has an interesting history that you can
read
HERE. It was sunk in 1944 near Truk.

The Japanese inscription on the reverse reads 'Tonan Maru #2 Launching Commemorative, Showa 12 [1937] May,
Japan Fisheries Co., Ltd.,  Made at the Osaka Iron Works Factory.' Note that the map shows the Japanese flag in the
Antarctic Ocean, which was the first destination of this vessel.
Info coming soon...
This medal is for a foreign vessel made by Mitsubishi. The medal is Japanese-made.

The inscription reads 'Shamuro Empire [modern-day Thailand] Submarine Launching Commemorative, Showa 12
[1937] May 14, Made by Mitsubishi Corporation at the Kobe Factory.'
Yohomaru ship completion commemorative medal.
Beautifully detailed; fairly large.
Dated September 15, 1953.
Inscribed on obverse: 'Yamamoto Steamship Corporation, Kozan-Maru Construction Commemorative.'
On reverse: 'Mitsubishi Shipbuilding Corporation, Made at the Kobe Shipyard, Showa 10 [1935] March.'
Charted by the Yamamoto Steamship Corporation; commandeered by the Imperial Japanese Army.

Brief wartime history: In December 1942 departed Rabaul under the protection of 2 destroyers, the
Ariake and the
Kawakaze. The Kozan-Maru carried munitions at the time. During transport, evaded  torpedoes fired by the
submarine
USS Amberjack.
Departing Manila in September 1943,  the Kozan-Maru was hit by torpedoes from the USS Sunfish, and she sunk
in the waters off Formosa.
9 crew members and 13 passengers died.
Metal paperweight from a shipbuilding company.
Founded in Taisho 8  [1919],
Kuribayashi Steamship Co. is still in existence.
Measures about 10.5 cm by 4.5 cm.
Dated 1959.

The gold piece is the warship Umikaze. You can see by the illustration on the right
that is a faithful representation of the general form. The bottom piece is the water
and waves.

Inscribed on the bottom piece 'Destroyer Umikaze Launching Commemorative,
Maizuru Naval Arsenal, Showa 11 [1934] November 27.'

The Umikaze had an interesting history in WW2. You can read about it fully on
Wikipedia HERE. Sunk in Feb. 1944.

About 12.5 cm long.
Ship launching commemorative tie clip. This was made for the Mutsu,
the first and only nuclear-powered ship from Japan. It was launched in
1970 (the date of this item) and  decommissioned in 1992.

You can read more about it on Wikipeida
HERE.

   
Japanese cruiser Chokai ship launching commemorative.
Dated Showa 6 [1931].
Japanese cruiser Haguro ship launching commemorative.
Japanese submarine No 6 launching commemorative.
Dated Showa 9 [1934]. Kawasaki ship building.
Hallmarked by the Japanese Mint.

OBVERSE: 'Muko Steamship Corporation, Number 18 Mikage-Maru Launching Commemorative, Showa 11
[1936] November 1.'

REVERSE: 'Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Corporation, Built at Kobe Shipyard.'

On May 10, 1944 this steam-powered cargo ship was hit by a torpedo in the ocean near Saipan. She sunk and
lost 14 crewmen.

Size: about 9 cm long.  
Very rare ship launching commemorative medal.
Inscribed 'Alps-Maru Ship Launching Commemorative.
Taisho 6 [1917] October. Osaka Shosen Kaisha.'

The obverse shows the ship at sea, and the reverse
appears to show the interior.

I couldn't find much about this ship except it was a
tanker and launched on October 24, 1917. On June 12,
1926 it sunk near the port of Antwerp. I do not know
what caused the sinking.

I did find these specifications, but I do not know what
they mean:
21129/NMGB 7,790G/T 12,280D/W 337NHP/5,438IHP
11/14.2kt

It measures about 7.5 cm by 5.5 cm. Weight: about 125
grams.
Rare ship launching commemorative
table medal, hallmarked by the
Japanese Mint. Inscribed
'Akatsuki-Maru Launching
Commemorative. Showa 11 [1936] May.
Uwajima Transport Corporation.' This
corporation was established in 1874,
and the Akatsuki-Maru was a cargo
liner built by Mitsubishi Heavy
Industries, Kobe Yard.

Item name: Akatsuki-Maru
Price:  17,590 yen  

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