AKAGISAN MARU Auxiliary Transport

(AKAGISAN MARU in wartime by Ueda Kihachiro)

This class consists of AKAGISAN and AKIBASAN MARUs completed in 24 for Mitsui Bussan K.K. AKIBASAN MARU was requisitioned in 41 by the IJN and converted to an auxiliary transport. AKAGISAN MARU was requisitioned by the IJA and served as Army transport No. 866. Both were bombed and sunk by US aircraft respectively in Dec 44 and Jan 44.

Builder and Year Completed: Tama. Mitsui Bussan K.K. Zosenbu shipyard 1924
Gross tonnage: 4,603-tons to 4,714-tons
Dimensions: 389.1 (loa) x 49.9' x 29.9'
Propulsion: Akagisan Maru: 1 B&W diesel engine, 1 shaft, 1,600 b.h.p.
Akibasan Maru: 1 triple expansion steam engine, 1 shaft, 2,300 b.h.p.
Speed: Akagisan Maru: 10,5 cruising, 12.0 max.
Akibasan Maru: 11,0 cruising, 14.0 max.
Armament: Unknown.