HIYOSHI MARU No. 2 GO - Class Auxiliary Transport

(HIYOSHI MARU, prewar)

This class consists of HIYOSHI and HOKOKU MARUs, both completed in 1936 for different shipping companies. Both were requisitioned by the IJN, HIYOSHI MARU in Dec 41, renamed that same month HIYOSHI MARU No. 2 GO and converted to an auxiliary gunboat before being re-rated as an auxiliary transport in Oct 43; HOKOKU MARU in Sep 39, converted that same month to an auxiliary gunboat before being rerated as an auxiliary tanker in Feb 45. Both were bombed and sunk by American carrier-based aircraft respectively in Feb and Jul 45.

Builder and Year Completed: Various shipyards.
Gross tonnage: 1,274-tons to 1,287-tons.
Dimensions: 219.2' (Lpp) x 35.8' x 18.4'
Propulsion: One reciprocating triple expansion steam engine, one shaft, 1,000 b.h.p.
Speed: Cruising: 10 knots Max: unknown.
Armament: Unknown