Kyokuyo Maru Class Class Auxiliary Oiler

(KYOKUYO MARU in ballast in May 1941)

Ex-whale oil factory ship KYOKUYO MARU was caught in a Typhoon and sank in the East China Sea off Amami-O-Shima in September 1943 and abandoned as a constructive total loss.
From 1943-1945, the beached hulk of KYOKUYO MARU was bombed and torpedoed by USN aircraft. In 1946, the hulk was scrapped at an unknown location, possibly Keelung, Taiwan.

Builder and
Year Completed:
Kawasaki, Kobe
1938
Gross tonnage: 17, 549-tons (nominal).
Dimensions: 532' x 73.4' x 3?'
Propulsion: 1 diesel, 13 knots.
Oil Cargo Capacity: Unknown
Armament: Unknown