KOGANE MARU-Class Auxiliary Transport

(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 surface warships.

Builder and Year Completed: Aioi. Harima Steel K.K. shipyard
Gross tonnage: KINSEN MARU: 3,120-tons to 3,132-tons
Dimensions: 318.2' 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: (Shirogane Maru) one 8-cm/40 Type 88, one 7.7 mm MG Type 92 and five Arisaka rifles Type 38.