MANRYU MARU - Class Auxiliary Transport

(BORDVIK later MANRYU MARU, prewar in the Bristol Channel below Brunel’s suspension bridge)

MANRYU MARU was laid down as a 1,623-tons cargo ship and named HUFTERO for Henrik Ostervold, Bergen, Norway. Sold to A/S Ocean (John P. Pedersen & Son, Lysaker), Christiania, Norway she was completed in ’20 and renamed DAGEID. In ’29, she was again sold to Skibs-A/S Lundegaard & Sonner, Farsund, Norway and renamed BORDVIK. In Mar ‘42, she was scuttled to prevent the ship falling into Japanese hands. Her wreck was salved by the Japanese in Jul ’42 and after repairs, she was renamed MANRYU MARU. Registered in the IJN in Nov ’42 as an auxiliary transport, she was torpedoed and sunk by an American submarine in Apr ’45.

Builder and Year Completed: Bergen, Norway, Bergen Mekaniske Verksted.
Gross tonnage: 1,623-tons
Dimensions: 244.5' (Lpp) x 37.7' x 15.7'
Propulsion: One triple expansion steam engine, one shaft, 188 nhp.
Speed: Cruising: 9 knots – Max: unknown.
Armament: Unknown