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Akiura Maru-Class Auxiliary Hospital Ship/Transport

(AKIURA MARU, prewar)

2015 Bob Hackett


AKIURA MARU was completed in 1938 as a cargo ship for Mitsubishi Shoji K. K., Tokyo. Her sister was KAZUURA MARU.

AKIURA MARU was requisiioned by the Imperial Army as a troop transport. In Feb '44, AKIURA MARU was torpedoed and sunk by USS BALAO (SS-285) NW of Manokwarki, New Guinea..

KAZUURA MARU was also completed in 1938 as a cargo ship for Mitsubishi and was requisiioned in Sep '41 by the Imperial Army as a troop transport. In Feb '45, KAZUURA MARU was converted and designated a hospital ship. She survived the war and was scrapped in 1976.

Builder and
Year Completed:
Mitsubishi Dockyard & Engineering Works, Nagasaki
1938
Gross tonnage: 6,803-tons.
Dimensions: 435' (LPP) x 58.6' x 32.19'
Propulsion: 1 x 6 Cyl. diesel engine, 1 screw , 840 NHP, 1 shaft
Speed: 15.5 knots
Armament: Unknown .