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In service with the Gouvernements Marine in 1939 as a buoy ship (Vaartuigen van de Dienst Bebakening en Kustverlichting). Militarized in September, 1939, in service as seaplane tender.

Operated off western Borneo December, 1941 - January, 1942.

Served as MTB depot ship February-March, 1942.

Scuttled at Tandjong Priok on March 1, 1942. Raised by the Japanese Navy's 102nd Construction and Repair Unit on September 1, 1943. Converted to salvage ship Horei Maru, conversion completed on November 22, 1943.

Based at Surabaya until November, 1944. Damaged by aircraft near Endohil Point, Rangasa Island on November 3, 1944. Arrived Manila via Tarakan on November 8, 1944 and commenced repairs.

Based at Manila for some time; damaged by carrier-based aircraft from USN Task Force 38 on January 15, 1945 at North San Fernando, Luzon. Sunk by B.25 bombers (500th Bomb Squadron of the 345th Bomb Group) at Mako, Formosa on April 4, 1945.


Type: lighthouse tender / seaplane tender

Built: Droogdok Maatschapij Tandjong Priok, Batavia, 1939
Commissioned: militarized 23-10-1939

Propulsion: x 4-stroke MAN dieselengine

Armament: 1 x 75 mm Krupp L/40 , 2 x .50 Colt MG

People on board90
Speed12 knots ~ 14 mph (22 km/h)
Length242.8 feet (74 m)
Width39.4 feet (12 m)
Draft9.8 feet (3 m)
Displacement1291 ton


A salvage vessel Horei Maru was damaged 15th januari 1945 at San Fernando Luzon.

Cargo vessel Horei Maru sunk 4th april 1945 at Mako, Pescadores.


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