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Buenos Aires Maru Class


(BUENOS AIRES MARU, prewar)

BUENOS AIRES MARU was completed in 1929 and converted to a hospital ship for the Imperial Army. She was mistakenly sunk by a USAAF bomber in Nov '43. Her sister ship RIO DE JANEIRO MARU was converted to a submarine depot ship in '42. She was rerated as a transport in '43 and sunk by carrier aircraft at Truk in Feb '44.

Builder Mitsubishi, Nagasaki
Years Completed: BUENOS AIRES MARU: 1929
RIO DE JANEIRO MARU: 1930
Gross Tonnage: 9,627-tons.
Dimensions: 461.3' x 62 x 26
Propulsion: 2 Mitsubishi-Sulzer diesels, 2 shafts, 6, 500 shp.
Armament:
(RIO DE JANEIRO only)
Four 5.9-inch (150-mm), two 25-mm Type 96 dual AA guns.