Kyushu Maru Class Auxiliary Transport

(KYUSHU MARU, prewar)

KYUSHU MARU was completed as a passenger-cargo ship in 1938 for Harada Kisen KK, Osaka. KYUSHU MARU was initially requisitioned by IJN as a B-AK in Jul '41 until Oct '41. She was then requisitioned by the IJA in Nov 1941 KYUSHU MARU served as an attack transport for the invasion of Singora (Songkhla), Siam (Thailand). In Oct '42, American aircraft bombed and sank KYUSHU MARU off Tassafaronga, Guadalcanal.

Builder and
Year Completed:
Mitsubishi, Nagasaki
Gross tonnage: 8,684-tons.
Dimensions: 455 x 61.7 x 40.6
Propulsion: two type diesel 7MS 72/125 engines, 5,400 BHP, 2 shafts, 19.85 knots maximum
Armament: Unknown