Akatsuki Maru Class Auxiliary Oiler
(AKATSUKI MARU prewar)

AKATSUKI MARU's sister was AKEBONO MARU. In 1941, both AKATSUKI and AKEBONO MARUs were converted to auxiliary oilers. AKATSUKI MARU was torpedoed and sunk by an American submarine N of Okinawa in May 1943. AKEBONO MARU was bombed and sunk at Palau in March 1944.

Builder and
Year Completed:
Harima Shipbuilding and Engineering
1939
Gross Tonnage: 10,182-tons.
Dimensions: 504.6' x 65 x 29.6
Propulsion: 1 diesel, 1 shaft, 2, 497 n.h.p.
Oil Cargo Capacity: 110,000 barrels @ 42 gals/barrel
or approx. 15,007-tons of crude oil
@ 7.33 barrels per metric ton
Armament: 1 x 4.7-inch (120-mm) LA gun.