Muro Maru Class

(Hospital Ship by Takeshi Yuki scanned from "Color Paintings of Japanese Warships")

MURO MARU was completed for Osaka Shosen (OSK Line) in 1927. In 1938, she was requisitioned by the IJN and converted to a transport. In 1943, she was reconverted to a hospital ship. In Nov '44, MURO MARU was inadvertently sunk by U.S. carrier-based aircraft in Manila Bay. Her sister was auxiliary gunship and later midget submarine depot ship NACHI MARU.

Builder: Mitsubishi Shipbuilding, Kobe.
Year Completed: 1927
Displacement: 1,605 GRT
Dimensions: Length 230', beam 37', draft 20'
Propulsion: Mitsubishi Vickers diesel engines, 2 shafts, 1,397 BHP , 14.5 knots.
Number of Passengers Carried: Unknown.