In 1941, passenger-cargo ship KINJOSAN MARU was requisitioned by the IJN from the Mitsui Line and converted to an armed merchant cruiser. In May '42, while enroute to Truk, she was torpedoed and sunk by an American submarine. In Jan 43, her sister-ship, KIMPOSAN MARU also was torpedoed and sunk by an American submarine.
|Builder and Years Completed:||Mitsui Bussan K. K., Tama. |
|Displacement:||3,262-tons, 4,783 tons (full)|
|Dimensions:||Length 332'8", beam 47'1", draft 25'|
|Propulsion:||Triple expansion reciprocating steam engine with a Gotaverken turbo-compressor, 1 shaft, 1950 i.h.p. at 82 r.p.m, 14.5 knots max. speed.|
|Armament:||4 x 120mm (4.7-inch)/45 cal LA, |
1 x-7.7mm MG, 400 mines.