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KOTO MARU No. 2 GO Class Auxiliary Transport

(KOTO MARU prewar)

This class consists of KOTO MARU, being renamed KOTO MARU No. 2 GO in 41, TAMASHIMA, EIFUKU, KOSEI, SHIGANOURA, SUMANOURA, TAGONOURA and TAIFUKU MARUs. They were completed between Jun 37 and Dec 42 for various shipping companies. All but TAIFUKU MARU were requisitioned by the IJN. KOTO, TAMASHIMA and KOSEI MARUs were converted to auxiliary transports, EIFUKU MARU to an auxiliary gunboat, SUMANOURA MARU to an auxiliary netlayer and TAGONOURA MARU to an auxiliary collier/oiler. SHIGANOURA MARU served as a general requisitioned transport. TAIFUKU MARU was requisitioned by the IJA. All were sunk by US warships between Jan 42 and Feb 45.

Builder and Years Completed: Yokohama. Mitsubishi Jukogyo K.K. Zosensho shipyard; 1937-1942
Gross tonnage: 3,512 to 3,560-tons
Dimensions: 343.8' x 58.1' x 27.9'
Propulsion: One triple expansion reciprocating steam turbine, 1 shaft, 1,700 n.h.p.
Speed: 12 knots cruising, 14 knots max.
Armament: Various depending usage.