KOSEI MARU-Class Auxiliary Transport

(KOSEI MARU prewar)

This class consists of the only KOSEI MARU. She was completed in Feb 24 for Sakai Shoten K.K and named MEIJI MARU. Purchased by Shimatani Shosen K.K. in Aug 33, she was renamed KOSEI MARU the following month. Requisitioned by the IJN in Dec 38, she was converted to an auxiliary transport in Oct 41.. She was torpedoed by a US submarine in Jan 44.

Builder and Year Completed: Aioi. Harima Steel K.K. shipyard
Gross tonnage: 2,205-tons
Dimensions: 273.0' Lpp x 42.0' x 23.0'
Propulsion: Steam. One triple expansion reciprocating engine, 1 shaft, 1,500 n.h.p.
Speed: 11 knots cruising
Armament: one 8-cm/40 Type 88, one 7.7 mm MG Type 92 and five Arisaka rifles Type 38.