IWATO MARU Class Auxiliary Transport

(No photo is known to exist of Iwato Maru. The attached photo of Hirota Maru is representative of what the ship may have looked like – Peter Cundall’s Collection)

This class consists of IWATO MARU only, completed in Apr ‘39 for Kunjiro Okubo. She was requisitioned by the IJN in Jun ’40 and converted in Dec ’41 to an auxiliary netlayer. IWATO MARU was re-rated as an auxiliary transport in Oct ’43. She was bombed and sunk by US carrier-based aircraft in Jan ’45.

Builder and Year Completed: Osaka. Nakata Zosensho K.K.
Gross tonnage: 526-tons.
Dimensions: 159.8' (Lpp) x 27.2' x 13.4'
Propulsion: One Diesel engine, one shaft, 420 b.h.p.
Speed: Cruising: unknown – Max: unknown.
Armament: As netlayer (standard armament): One 8cm short deck gun, one 60cm searchlight, one DC launcher, two DC racks, eight DCs, two Type 96, anti-submarine nets, Mines.
As transport: unknown.