KINSEN MARU-Class Auxiliary Transport

(HAKKAISAN MARU, sistership of KINSEN MARU prewar)

This class consists of KINSEN and HAKKAISAN MARUs respectively completed in April and May ’37 for Chosen Yusen K.K. and KABURAGI Kisen K.K. Both were requisitioned by the IJN, KINSEN MARU being converted to an auxiliary transport and HAKKAISAN MARU to an auxiliary gunboat. KINSEN MARU survived the war and was broken up in 1976, HAKKAISAN MARU was sunk in Oct ’42 by USN destroyers’ gunfire.

Builder and Year Completed: Aioi. Harima Steel K.K. shipyard
Gross tonnage: KINSEN MARU: 3,081-tons
HAKKAISAN MARU: 3,311-tons
Dimensions: 318.6' Lpp x 45.9' x 24.6'
Propulsion: Steam. One triple expansion reciprocating engine, 1 shaft, 1,500 n.h.p.
Speed: 11 knots cruising, 13 knots max.
Armament: Kinsen Maru in 1945: one 8-cm/40 Type 88, one twin Type 96 25mm gun and one single Type 96 25mm gun . Hakkaisan Maru: unknown