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KENSHO MARU-Class Auxiliary Transport

(KENSHO MARU, prewar)

This class consists of KENSHO MARU only, completed in Aug 38 for Inui Kisen K.K. She was requisitioned by the IJN in 1940 and converted to an auxiliary transport in Oct 41. Under repair at Truk anchorage, she was bombed and sunk during Operation Hailstone in Feb 44.

Builder and Year Completed: Tama. Tama Zosensho K.K. shipyard
1938
Gross tonnage: 4,861-ton
Dimensions: 384.5' Lpp x 52.5' x 30.2
Propulsion: One Diesel engine, 1 shaft, 2,700 n.h.p.
Speed: 15 knots cruising, 17 knots max.
Armament: One deck gun (type uncertain). Other armament unknown.