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HIROTA MARU - Class Auxiliary Transport


(HIROTA MARU, prewar)

This class consists of HIROTA and YOSHIDA MARUs, respectively completed in 1940 and 1941 for various shipping companies. HIROTA MARU was requisitioned by the IJN in Dec 41 converted to an auxiliary transport in Apr 42. YOSHIDA MARU was requisitioned by the IJN in Sep 41 and converted that same month to an auxiliary gunboat before being re-rated as auxiliary transport in Oct 43. HIROTA MARU was mined and sunk in Aug 45 while YOSHIDA MARU was torpedoed and sunk by an American submarine in Jan 44.

Builder and Year Completed: Hakodate Dock K.K. shipyard
1940-1941
Gross tonnage: 2,610-tons to 2,631-tons.
Dimensions: 305.2' (lpp) x 45.3' x 26.2'
Propulsion: One reciprocating Triple Expansion steam engine, one shaft, 1,800 bhp
Speed: Cruising: 11 knots Max: unknown.
Armament: Hirota Maru: unknown
Yoshida Maru (as auxiliary transport): unknown
Yoshida Maru (as auxiliary gunboat): 3 12cm/40cal deck guns, 1 Type 93 13mm MG, 1 7.7mm MG, 120 mines, 12 DCs, 1 75cm searchlight, 1 2,5m rangefinder.