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HAKUTETSU MARU No. 11 Class Auxiliary Transport

(HAKUTETSU MARU No. 7, similar to HAKUTETSU MARU No. 11 prewar)

This class consists of HAKUTETSU MARU No. 11, HAKUTETSU MARU No. 13 and HAKUTETSU MARU No. 15, all completed between Dec 37 and Dec 41 for various shipping companies as cargo ships. All were requisitioned: HAKUTETSU MARU No. 11 and HAKUTETSU MARU No. 13 by the IJA as Army transports No. 5541 and No. 845, and HAKUTETSU MARU No. 15 by the IJN and converted to an auxiliary transport. Only HAKUTETSU MARU No. 13 was torpedoed and sunk by a US submarine in Sep 43; HAKUTETSU MARU No. 11 and HAKUTETSU MARU No. 15 both survived the war, the former being dismantled in 66 and the latter wrecked during a storm in 55.

Builder and Year Completed: Osaka. Osaka Zosensho K.K. shipyard. Between 1937 and 1941
Gross tonnage: From 1,280-tons to 1,339-tons
Dimensions: 219.5' Lpp x 35.8' x 18.3'
Propulsion: One triple expansion reciprocating steam engine, 1 shaft, 145 N.H.P.
Speed: 11.5 knots cruising, ? knots max.
Armament: Unknown.