RIKUGUN BYOINSEN/YUSOSEN

Baikal Maru-Class Auxiliary Hospital Ship/Transport

(BAIKAL MARU, prewar)

2012 Bob Hackett


BAIKAL MARU was completed in 1921 as a passenger cargo ship for the Osaka Shosen K. K. (OSK) Line, Osaka. In '28, she was chartered by the IJA as a troop transport. In '37, she was converted to a hospital ship, and in '44 back to a transport. In May '45, she ran aground off Himeshima. BAIKAL MARU survived the war and was converted to a whaling factory ship. In '68. she was finally scrapped.

Builder and
Year Completed:
Mitsubishi Kobe (Hull) and Nagasaki (Machinery)
1921
Gross tonnage: 5,266-tons.
Dimensions: (LPP) 400' (LPP) x 50'" x 30'
Propulsion: Mitsubish turbine main engine engine, 5,500 SHP, 1 shaft
Speed: cruising 13 knots, max 17.28 knots
Armament: Unknown .