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KOFUKU MARU-Class Auxiliary Transports

(KOFUKU MARU, prewar)

This class consisted only of KOFUKU MARU completed in 1934 for Yamashina Kisen K.K. and sold in '43, to Nakamura Kisen K.K. She was requisitioned by the IJA as a special transport in '38-'40. In Aug 41 she was requisitioned by the IJN. Her wartime service was spent mostly in Japanese waters, transporting heavy equipment and raw materials. She was sunk in a collision with cargo ship MAOKA MARU in Sep 43.

Builder and Year sCompleted: Mitsui Bussan K.K. Zosembu Tama Kojo 1934
Gross tonnage: 3,209-tons
Dimensions: 316.9' x 45.9' x 24.3'
Propulsion: 1 TE reciprocating steam engine, 1,700 NHP, 1 shaft.
Speed: 10.0 knots cruising, 12.5 knots max.
Armament: 4 Aug 42: one Armstrong type 8cm/40cal. gun (est.)