HIKOSHIMA MARU - Class Auxiliary Transport

(HIKOSHIMA MARU prewar – Erich Muehlthaler’s collection)

This class consists of HIKOSHIMA MARU only, completed in ‘18 for Moji Shosen K.K. She was requisitioned by the IJN in Oct ’43 as a general requisitioned transport and converted the following month to an auxiliary transport. She stranded on a reef in Jun ’44 and was bombed and sunk by American carrier-based aircraft in Jul ’44.

Builder and Year Completed: Mitsunosho. Bingo Dock K.K.
Gross tonnage: 966-tons.
Dimensions: 208.0' (Lpp) x 30.8' x 18.3'
Propulsion: One triple expansion reciprocating steam engine, one shaft, 600 b.h.p
Speed: Cruising: Unknown.
Armament: Unknown