Canberra Maru Class Transport


Completed as a passenger cargo ship in 1936 for Osaka Shoshen Kaisha (OSK) Line. Her sister was TOKYO MARU.

CANBERRA MARU was in OSK service from Kobe to Australia until the outbreak of the Pacific War. In Oct '41 she was requisitioned
by the Imperial Army and participated as a transport carrying troops to Malaya where she was damaged in an air attack. In Nov '42,
CANBERRA MARU was sunk by American aircraft off Guadalcanal.

TOKYO MARU was requisitioned by the IJN as an auxiliary transport in Dec '41 and torpedoed and sunk by an American submarine in Nov '43.

Builder and
Year Completed:
Mitsui Bussan Kaisha, Tama
Gross tonnage: 6,477-tons.
Dimensions: 446' x 57.5' x 25.5'
Propulsion: B & W diesel engines, 8,454 HP
Speed: 14.5 knots cruising, 19.2 knots max.
Armament: 12/1941; none
11/1942; two 75mm HA guns, two 20mm HA MGs,
one 40mm Bofors.