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MIKAGE MARU No. 20 Auxiliary Transport Class


(MIKAGE MARU No. 20, prewar)

This class consists of MIKAGE MARU No. 20, HINO MARU No. 5, SHINSEI MARU No. 18, SHOZUI, SHOHO and OMINE MARUs completed between 40 and 41 for various shipping companies. All but OMINE MARU were requisitioned: MIKAGE MARU No. 20 and SHOHO MARU served as IJA transports with respectively allotted numbers No. 579 and 875; HINO MARU No. 5 and SHINSEI MARU No. 18 by the IJN as converted auxiliary transports and SHOZUI MARU as an IJN general requisitioned transport. All were bombed or torpedoed and sunk by US aircraft or US submarine between in Jul 43 and Oct 44.

Builder and Years Completed: Kobe. Mitsubishi Heavy Industries K.K. shipyard
1940-41.
Gross tonnage: 2,711-tons to 2,725-tons
Dimensions: 307.7 (lpp) x 44.9' x 24.9'
Propulsion: IMikage Maru No. 20, Shozui and Shoho Marus: 1 triple expansion steam engine coupled with steam turbine, 1 shaft, ? b.h.p.
Omine Maru and Hino Maru No. 5: 1 triple expansion steam engine, 1 shaft, 1,300 b.h.p.
Shinsei Maru No. 18: 1 diesel engine, 1 shaft, ? b.h.p.
Kasuga Maru: 1 compound engine, 1 shaft, 1,700 b.h.p.
Speed: 10 knots cruising, 14 knots max.
Armament: Unknown.