KOWA MARU-Class Auxiliary Transport

(KOWA MARU, prewar)

This class consists of KOWA MARU only, completed in Mar 40 for Sanko Kisen K.K. She was requisitioned by the IJN in Feb 41 and first converted to an auxiliary gunboat. In Oct 43 she was converted to an auxiliary transport. She was bombed and sunk by USAAF Aircraft in Feb 44.

Builder and Year Completed: Osaka. Nakata Zosensho K.K. shipyard
Gross tonnage: 1,106-tons.
Dimensions: 211.6' (Lpp) x 43.3' x 22.3'
Propulsion: One Diesel Engine, one shaft, 490 bhp
Speed: Unknown.
Armament: From 1 Jul 43: 2 8cm/40cal deck gun, 1 Type 93 13mm MG, 1 Type 3 6.5mm MG, 5 rifles, 3 handguns, 12 Type 95 DCs.