Stories of the KOJIMAs

Main data and short history for Japan
Coast Guard Academy training vessels.

KOJIMA (The 3rd) KOJIMA (The 2nd) KOJIMA (The 1st) KURIHASHI

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"KOJIMA" (The 3rd) PL21

KOJIMA the 3rd KOJIMA Bridge
SummaryThe modern training vessel commissioned in 1993
used to the around the world training cruise.
Tonnage2,950 gross
Length115.0 m
Breadth14.0 m
Depth7.3 m
Main Engines2 diesel, twin propellers
4,000 hp x 2
Speed18.0 kts
BuilderHitachi Zosen Corporation, Maizuru Yard
Commissioned11 Mar 1993
The Kojima at the pier of the Academy
2001, put "Japan Coast Guard" mark on the hull.
Cadet Training1993
The 39th, training cruise to the east coast of the USA through the Panama Canal.
1994 and after
The 40th and after, around the world training cruise.
San Francisco Panama Canal
USCGA London
Rescue operation18 - 23 Jan 1995
Support of transportation of relief supplies in Kobe.
ExhibitionThe Kojima is sometimes open to the public.
Current state Inside

"KOJIMA" (The 2nd) PL21

KOJIMA the 2nd KOJIMA bow
SummaryDesigned and constructed as a training vessel,
decommissioned after the activity for 30 years.
Tonnage1,018 gross
Length69.6 m
Breadth10.3 m
Depth5.4 m
Main Engines1 diesel, single propeller
2,600 hp
Speed15.0 kts
BuilderKure Shipbuilding Company
The Kojima under construction
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KOJIMA the 2nd KOJIMA launched
Commissioned20 May 1964
New born the Kojima
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22 Mar 1980, reformed.
1984, put "S" mark on the hull.
Cadet Training1964 - 1970
The 10th - the 16th, cruise to Hawaii and the west coast of the USA.
Hawaii San Fransisco
1971 - 1972
The 17th - the 18th, cruise to New Zealand and Australia.
1973 - 1992
The 19th - the 38th, cruise to Hawaii and the west coast of the USA.
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Rescue operation13 Nov 1966
Search and rescue of victims of an airplane accident at Matsuyama.
Decommissioned1 Feb 1993
30 Nov 1993, left the Academy towed by two tugs.
22 Jul 1994
Open to the public at Mukaishima Marine Youth Center in Hiroshima.
KOJIMA the 2nd
The propeller kept at Japan Coast Guard Academy.

"KOJIMA" (The 1st) PL106

KOJIMA the 1st KOJIMA and Crew
SummaryConstructed during WW II and survived to the training vessel.
Tonnage852 gross
Length72.50 m
Breadth9.10 m
Depth5.34 m
Main Engines2 diesel, twin propellers
2,100 hp x 2
Speed17.0 kts
BuilderSasebo Dockyard
Commissioned20 Mar 1945, as escort vessel the Shiga for the Imperial Japanese Navy.
30 Nov 1945, decommissioned.
1 Dec 1945, commissioned as a mine sweeper.
1 Nov 1946, US ferry between Hakata and Pusan.
31 Dec 1947, transferred to the Ministry of Transportation.
15 Jan 1949, kept in Yokosuka as a reserve.
31 Dec 1950, renamed the Shigamaru and used on weather patrol.
Transferred1 Jan 1954, renamed the Kojima.
23 Jun 1954, converted into a training vessel.
21 Sep 1955, reinforced.
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Jul - Sep 1958, reinforced.
Cadet Training1954
The 1st, training cruise to Midway.
1955 - 1959
The 2nd - the 6th, trainig cruise to Hawaii.
KOJIMA the 1st KOJIMA in Hawaii
1960 - 1962
The 7th - the 9th, training cruise to Hawaii and the west coast of USA.
Bridge Bow
Repatriation17 - 22 Apr 1956
Transported 36 Japanese from Chaho (North Korea) to Maizuru.
30 Nov 1956 - 4 Dec 1956
Transported 23 Japanese from Nachodka (Soviet Union) to Maizuru.
Decommissioned5 May 1964
Aug 1965, sold to Chiba City.
May 1966 - 1993, Maritime Public Hall in Chiba.
KOJIMA the 1st
(By courtesy of Mr Takashi Okamoto)
ScrappedJan 1998, in Chiba.
Equipment for navigation is kept at Inage Memorial Hall in Chiba.
Remark 1Main data from S. Fukui, "History of Imperial Japanese Navy Ships" (in Japanese), 1994,
1020 t, 72.50 x 9.10 x 3.05 m, 4200 hp, 19.5 kts.
Remark 3Main data from "30 Years of Japan Coast Guard" (in Japanese), 1979,
852 t, 2300 hp x 2, 19.0 kts.


SummaryBuilt in the 19th century and last served as a training vessel.
Tonnage1,060 displacement
Length58 m
Breadth9 m
Main EnginesSteam reciprocating, single propeller
Speed10 kts
BuilderHelsingørs Jernskibs- og Maskinbyggeri (Denmark)
Completed24 Dec 1898, as a Swedish rescue tug the Herakles.
(By courtesy of the Neptun archives, the Center for Business History in Stockholm)
May 1905, purchased by the Imperial Japanese Navy, and renamed
the Kurihashi(maru).
Salvaged ships at Port Arthur sunk during the Russo-Japanese War.
15 Aug 1945, located in Yokosuka at the end of WW II.
1946, served for the repatriation.
Transferred1 Jan 1948, Minesweepers Group, Ministry of Transportation.
(By courtesy of Mr Kazuo Ueda)
Transferred1 May 1948, Japan Coast Guard.
Aug 1950 - Jul 1951, dispatched to Hakodate.
(By courtesy of Mr Kazuo Ueda)
1 Aug 1951, assigned as a training vessel.
1 May 1954, changed call sign from PL04 to PL100.
Cadet Training1951 - 1954
The 1st - the 4th, training cruise along Japanese islands.
Bow Bridge
Decommissioned15 Jun 1954
ScrappedMar 1955, by Hokusei Shipbuilder.
Scrapped Scrapped
Remark 1Date of purchase was Feb 1905 by S. Fukui,
"History of Imperial Japanese Navy Ships" (in Japanese), 1994.
Remark 2Main data from "Loggbok från Neptun" by A. Mattsson, 1970.
592 t,56.78 x 8.95 x 4.87 m.
Remark 3Main data from "Jane's Fighting Ships 1931",
1040 t, 182 x 30.25 x 11.75 ft (55.5 x 9.2 x 3.6 m), 1200 hp, 12.5 kts.
Remark 4Main data from "30 Years of Japan Coast Guard" (in Japanese), 1979,
1040 t, 58.00 x 9.15 x 5.10 m, 1600 hp x 1.

We would like to thank the following people and organizations for their help:
Center for Business History in Stockholm,
Embassy of Sweden in Tokyo,
National Maritime Museum of Sweden,
Mr Yoshiro Miyauchi,
Mr Takashi Okamoto,
Mr Kazuo Ueda.

The data comes mainly from "30 Years of Japan Coast Guard Academy" (in Japanese), 1983.