(GENKAI MARU prewar)
This class consisted of HEITO, SHOKA and TAITO MARUs, all completed
for Osaka Shosen Kaisha in 1935 for carrying Formosan bananas to Japan.
All were requisitioned in 1941 by the IJN and converted to auxiliary
transports. They were all bombed or torpedoed, and sunk by American
aircraft or submarine between May ‘42 and May ‘44.
|Builder and Years Completed:
||Mitsubishi Jukogyo Zosensho K.K., Nagasaki
||4,467 to 4,468-tons|
||357.0' x 49.2' x 32.8'
||1 Mitsubishi-Zoelli impulse
double-reduction Steam turbine, 1 shaft, 3,000 bhp |
||14.5 knots cruising, 16.5 knots max.