Osaka Maru Class Auxiliary Hospital Ship/Transport

(OSAKA MARU, prewar)

2013 Bob Hackett

OSAKA MARU was completed as a cargo ship in 1922 for the Nippon Yusen Kaisha (NYK) Line. Her sister MOJI MARU also was completed in '22 for NYK. OSAKA MARU was sunk in '44 by an American submarine off Palau. MOJI MARU was requisitioned by the Imperial Army in '41. She was bombed and sunk off Saipan In Jun '44.

Builder and
Year Completed:
Yokohama Dock Co., Ltd
Gross tonnage: 3,741-3,757 -tons.
Dimensions: 345' (LPP) x 50' x 29'
Propulsion: 1 coupled triple expansion engine steam engine, 2,933 i.h.p., 1 shaft
Speed: E 12 knots
Armament: OSAKA MARU: unknown.
MOJI MARU: 2 x 5-in.