Eastern Glade Class Transport

(HAMBURG MARU, prewar)

HAMBURG MARU was completed as a cargo ship in 1920 for the Osaka Shosen Kaisha (OSK Line), K. K., Kobe. Her sisters were EASTERN GLADE, EASTERN GLEN, TAIKAI and MANSHU MARUs.

HAMBURG MARU began her OSK service hauling cargo from Kobe to North America. In 1930, she was shifted to OSK’s Kobe ~ Bombay ~ Calcutta route. In Oct '41, she was requisitioned by the IJA and saw action in the invasion of Lingayen Gulf, Philippines. In Nov '44, HAMBURG MARU was sunk in the Bashi Strait by an American submarine.

EASTERN GLADE and EASTERN GLEN were built by Uchida Shipyard for the United States Shipping Board just after World War 1. Both were sunk by German U-boats in '40 and '42 respectively. TAIKAI MARU (renamed LILY), flying the Greek flag, was sunk by a U-boat in '42. MANSHU MARU hit a mine and sank off Yawata, Japan in '45.

Builder and
Year Completed:
Uchida Shipyard Co., Ltd., Yokohama.
Gross tonnage: 5,271-tons.
Dimensions: 400' x 54.6' x 24.8'
Propulsion: Coupled steam triple expansion engine, 1 screw, 4,107 IHP
Speed: 9.25 knots cruising, 13.9 knots max.
Armament: Unknown