(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.
||2,711-tons to 2,725-tons |
||307.7’ (lpp) x 44.9' x 24.9'
||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.
||10 knots cruising, 14 knots max.