KOMAKI MARU-Class Auxiliary Transport

(KOMAKI MARU by Ueda Kihachiro)

This class consists of KOMAKI and KANO MARUs, completed for Kokusai Kisen K.K. in 33 and 34 respectively. Both ships were requisitioned by the IJN. KOMAKI MARU, in 40 was converted to an auxiliary aircraft transport. KANO MARU, in 41 was converted to an auxiliary transport. KOMAKI MARU was bombed by US aircraft and sunk at Rabaul, New Britain, in Apr 42; KANO MARU was torpedoed by a US submarine off Kiska, Aleutians in Aug 42 and later wrecked.

Builder and Years Completed: Uraga. Uraga Senkyo K.K. Kojo shipyard
Gross tonnage: 6,940-tons to 8,572-tons (after conversion)
Dimensions: 453.7' x 61.0' x 40.0'
Propulsion: 1 Mitsubishi diesel engine, 1 shaft, 7,300 n.h.p.
Speed: 16 knots cruising, 19 knots max.
Armament: Various depending on use.