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BANSHU MARU No. 16- Class Auxiliary storeship


(GRANDE-TERRE later KOA MARU, prewar)

This class consists of KOA MARU only, completed in 1932 as ANATOLIAN for Swan, Hunter & Wigham Richardson Ltd. Sold in 1933 to Cie Générale d'Armements Maritimes and renamed GRANDE-TERRE. Sold in 1939 to Skibs A / S Pasat and renamed PASAT. Purchased in 1940 by Kyokuyo Hogei K.K. and renamed KOA MARU. Requisitioned by the IJN in 1941 and converted to an auxiliary stores ship. Torpedoed and sunk by an American submarine in Apr’43, N Eniwetok.

Builder and Year Completed: Osaka. Low Walker, Newcastle. Swan, Hunter & Wigham Richardson Ltd shipyard.
1932
Gross tonnage: 2,023-tons
Dimensions: 265.7’(lpp) x 39.7' x 20.7'
Propulsion: One triple expansion steam engine, one shaft, 1,600 shp.
Speed: Cruising: Cruising: 10.5 knots – Max: 12 knots.
Armament: Unknown.