KASUGA MARU Auxiliary Transport

(KASUGA MARU, prewar)

This class consists of KASUGA (renamed KASUGA MARU No. 2 GO), IKUSHIMA and SHINKOKU MARUs completed between 36 and 40 for various shipping companies. All were requisitioned in 41 or 42 by the IJN and converted to auxiliary transports (IKUSHIMA MARU was first converted to a minesweeper tender). All were torpedoed and sunk by American submarines in Feb and Mar 43 and Mar 44.

Builder and Years Completed: Sakurajima or Innoshima. Osaka Ironworks K.K. shipyard
Oct 36 to 0ct 40.
Gross tonnage: 3,943-tons to 3,991-tons
Dimensions: 389.1 (loa) x 49.9' x 29.9'
Propulsion: Ikushima and Shinkoku Marus:1 steam turbine engine, 1 shaft, 2,600 b.h.p.
Kasuga Maru: 1 compound engine, 1 shaft, 1,700 b.h.p.
Speed: 10,0 cruising, 14.0 max.
Armament: Ikushima Maru: 2 12-cm/12 short deck guns.