Kinryu Maru Class

(Hokoku Maru by Takeshi Yuki scanned from "Color Paintings of Japanese Warships")

In 1941, KINRYU MARUs was requisitioned from the Kokusai Line by the IJN and converted to an armed merchant cruiser. After participating in the capture of Wake Island, Rabaul, Kavieng and Buna, KINRYU MARU was sunk in Aug '42 by American aircraft while attempting to reinforce Guadalcanal.

Builder and Year Completed: Kawasaki SB, Kobe
Displacement: 9,310-tons
Dimensions: Length 475 '7", beam 62' 9", draft 26'
Propulsion: Kawasaki M.A.N-type diesel, 1 shaft,
7,600 s.h.p, 18 knots.
Armament: 4 x 152mm (6-inch)/50 cal guns, 2 x 13mm AA guns, 2 x 53cm torpedo tubes, 1 x 110cm searchlight, 1 x floatplane.