KOTO MARU Class Auxiliary Transports

(KOWA MARU similar to KOTO MARU)

This class consists of the only KOTO MARU completed in Nov 39 for Sanko Kisen K.K. She was requisitioned by the IJN in Jun 41 and converted to an auxiliary transport. She was torpedoed and sunk by a US submarine in May 44.

Builder and Year Completed: Osaka. Nakata Zosen Tekkosho K.K. shipyard 1939
Gross tonnage: 1,053-tons
Dimensions: 201.1' Lpp x 31.5' x 18.3'
Propulsion: One triple expansion reciprocated steam engine, 1 shaft, 610 n.h.p.
Speed: 12 cruising, 14 max.
Armament: From Feb 44 Two Type 96 25mm guns.