(SHIROGANE MARU, sistership of KOGANE MARU prewar)
This class consists of KOGANE, SHIROGANE, MAGANE and AKAGANE MARUs
completed between May ’38 and Aug ’40 for Nippon Kaiun K.K. All were
requisitioned, KOGANE and AKAGANE MARUs by the IJA served as Army
transports, SHIROGANE and MAGANE MARUs by the IJN, the former being
converted to an auxiliary transport and the latter to an auxiliary
gunboat. All were sunk between Sep ’42 and Jan ’44 by US submarines or
|Builder and Year Completed:
||Aioi. Harima Steel K.K. shipyard
||KINSEN MARU: 3,120-tons to
||318.2' Lpp x 45.9' x 24.6'
||Steam. One triple expansion reciprocating
engine, 1 shaft, 1,500 n.h.p. |
||11 knots cruising, 13 knots max.
||(Shirogane Maru) one 8-cm/40 Type 88, one
7.7 mm MG Type 92 and five Arisaka rifles Type 38.