OSK Line
(Osaka Shosen Kaisha)

Japan

Merged with Mitsui Steamship Co. to form Mitsui OSK Lines in 1963.

Sailings December 1929-June 1930
Vessel(s) Ports of call
London Maru
Paris Maru
Typical voyages:
Kobe, Yokkaichi, Shimidzu (from May), Yokohama, Vancouver, Seattle.
Return voyages: Seattle, Vancouver, Yokohama, Osaka, Kobe, Dairen, Taku Bar.
Alabama Maru
Arabia Maru
Africa Maru
Arizona Maru
Typical voyages:
Shanghai, Kobe, Yokkaichi, Shimidzu (from May), Yokohama, Victoria, Seattle, Vancouver, Seattle.
Return voyages: Seattle, Victoria, Yokohama, Kobe, Osaka, Moji, Shanghai.

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Sailings (issued May 1933)
Vessel(s) Ports of call
Choan Maru
Choko Maru
Chojo Maru
Kobe, Moji, Tientsin

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Sailings (issued May 1933)
Vessel(s) Ports of call
Horai Maru
Midzuho Maru
Fuso Maru
Kobe, Moji, Keelung
Canton Maru
Hozan Maru
Keelung, Amoy, Swatow, Hong Kong
Deli Maru Takao, Amoy, Swatow, Hong Kong, Canton
Daikyo Maru Keelung, Foochow, Amoy.
Return: Amoy, Foochow, Tansui.
Konan Maru
Kohoku Maru
Naha, Keelung
Chosa Maru
Seikyo Maru
Fukuken Maru
Takao, Keelung, Foochow, Shanghai, Tsingtau, Tientsin.
Called at Dairen after Tientsin on return voyages.
Takao Maru
Kohshun Maru
Yokohama, Takao
Brochure also lists Taiwan inter-coastal voyages and several OSK lines calling at Taiwanese ports (though not the complete itineraries) en route to the Dutch East Indies/South Seas, the Philippines and South East Asia.

Sailings January-December 1937 (issued January 1937)
Vessel(s) Ports of call
Rio de Janeiro Maru
Buenos Aires Maru
Santos Maru
La Plata Maru
Montevideo Maru
Kobe, Yokkaichi, Yokohama, Kobe (2nd call), Hong Kong, Singapore, Colombo, Durban, Cape Town, Rio de Janeiro, Santos, Montevideo, Buenos Aires.
Homeward voyages via Santos, Rio de Janeiro, Belem, Cristobal, Balboa, Los Angeles and Yokohama to Kobe.
Manila Maru
Africa Maru
Hawaii Maru
Arizona Maru
Arabia Maru
Kobe, Yokohama (most voyages), Nagoya (most voyages), Osaka, Kobe (2nd call), Moji, Hong Kong, Singapore, Colombo, Mombasa, Zanzibar, Dar-es-Salaam, Beira, Lourenço Marques, Durban, Port Elizabeth, Cape Town, Buenos Aires.
Homeward voyages via Montevideo (except Hawaii Maru), Santos, Rio de Janeiro, Cape Town, Mossel Bay, Port Elizabeth, East London, Durban, Lourenço Marques, Zanzibar, Mombasa, Singapore, Hong Kong, Moji and Kobe to Osaka. Some voyages continued to Nagoya or Nagoya and Yokohama.

Sailings January-December 1938 (issued February 1938)
Vessel(s) Ports of call
Rio de Janeiro Maru
Buenos Aires Maru
Kobe, Yokohama, Yokkaichi, Kobe (2nd call), Hong Kong, Singapore, Colombo, Durban, Cape Town, Rio de Janeiro, Santos, Rio Grande, Montevideo, Buenos Aires.
Return voyages: Buenos Aires, Santos, Rio de Janeiro, Belem, Cristobal, Balboa, Los Angeles, Yokohama, Kobe.

Optional calls: see below.

Santos Maru
La Plata Maru
Montevideo Maru
Kobe, Yokohama, Yokkaichi, Kobe (2nd call), Hong Kong, Singapore, Colombo, Durban, Cape Town, Rio de Janeiro, Santos, Montevideo, Buenos Aires.
Return voyages: Buenos Aires, Santos, Rio de Janeiro, Cristobal, Balboa, Los Angeles, Yokohama, Kobe.

Optional calls: Shimizu, Saigon, Port Elizabeth, East London and Rio Grande outward; Montevideo, Rosario, Santa Fe, La Plata, Rio Grande, Victoria, Angra dos Reis, Bahia, Maceio, Pernambuco, Fortaleza, Belem, Curaçao and Havana homeward.

Manila Maru
Africa Maru
Hawaii Maru
Arizona Maru
Arabia Maru
Kobe, Yokohama (most voyages), Nagoya (most voyages), Osaka, Kobe (2nd call), Moji, Hong Kong, Singapore, Colombo, Mombasa, Zanzibar, Dar-es-Salaam, Beira, Lourenço Marques, Durban, Port Elizabeth, Cape Town, Buenos Aires.
Return voyages: Buenos Aires, Montevideo (except Hawaii Maru), Santos, Rio de Janeiro, Cape Town, Mossel Bay, Port Elizabeth, East London, Durban, Lourenço Marques, Zanzibar, Mombasa, Singapore, Moji, Kobe, Osaka. Some voyages continued to Nagoya and Yokohama.

Optional calls: Saigon, Penang, Madras, Tanga, East London, Mossel Bay, Rio de Janeiro and Santos outward; Port Louis, Beira, Dar-es-Salaam, Tanga, Penang, Manila and Hong Kong homeward.

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Brochure promoting travels to South America w/itineraries (undated; c. 1940)
Vessel(s) Ports of call
Argentina Maru
Brazil Maru
Japanese ports (presumably Kobe and Yokohama), Los Angeles, Balboa, Cristobal, Curaçao, Bahia, Rio de Janeiro, Santos, Montevideo, Buenos Aires.
Homeward voyages via Rio Grande, Santos, Rio de Janeiro, Pernambuco, Belem, Cristobal, Balboa and Los Angeles to Japan.

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This page last updated January 21, 2011.