AKITA MARU-Class Transport

(AKITA MARU, prewar)

This class consisted of AKITA, MADRAS, NAGANO, TAIKAI, TOMIURA and YAMAGATA MARUs. AKITA MARU was requisitioned by the Imperial Army in '41 and served as a troop transport. She was torpedoed and sunk by Dutch submarine O-19 off Thailand in Jan '42 while MADRAS, TAIAN and YAMAGATA MARUs were sunk during the war by American submarines. NAGANO and TOMIURA MARUs were sunk by American aircraft.

Builders and
Years Completed:
Mitsubishi Shipbuilding Corporation (Nagasaki)
Kawasaki shipyard, Kobe
Gross tonnage: 3,792-3817-tons.
Dimensions: 345' x 50' x 29'
Propulsion: Reciprocating triple expansion steam engine. 202 n.h.p., 1 shaft.
Speed: 11.5 - 13.9 knots
Armament: Unknown.