GINYO MARU-Class Transport

(GINYO MARU, prewar)

This class consisted of GINYO and BOKUYO MARUs. GINYO MARU was a liner with the Nippon Yusen Kaisha (NYK) Line. She was requisitioned by the Imperial Army in '41 and served as a troop transport. She was torpedoed and sunk by an American submarine off Formosa in Dec '43.

BOKUYO MARU also was an NYK liner. In 1939, while en route from Valparaiso, Chile via Los Angeles to Yokohama, her cargo of copra caught fire and set the rest of her cargo of nitrates and cotton afire. Soon, BOKUYO MARU was ablaze from bow to stern and sank in the Pacific. Two crewmen died, but all passengers and the rest of the crew were rescued by an American tanker.

Builder and
Year Completed:
Asano Co. shipyard, Tsurumi.
Gross tonnage: 8,613-8,619 tons.
Dimensions: 445'(LPP) x 58' x 40'
Propulsion: Pasons-geared turbine steam engine, 445 s.h.p., 2 shafts.
Speed: 9-11 knots cruising, 14.5 knots max.
Armament: Unknown.