Myoken Maru Class Transport

(MYOKEN MARU), prewar)


MYOKEN MARU was completed as a cargo ship in 1938 for for Nippon Yusen Kisen (NYK Line), K.K., Tokyo. In 1939, she was sold to East China Shipping Co., Ltd. of Shanghai.
In 1941, she was requisitioned by the IJN and converted to a gunboat. On 24 January '42 MYOKEN MARU was torpedoed and sunk by an American submarine off Kendari,
Celebes, Dutch East Indies.

Sister MYOHO MARU was completed as a cargo ship in 1939 also for Nippon Yusen Kisen and was sold to East China Shipping Co. that same year. She was requisitioned by the IJA and converted to a troop transport. On 19 January '43, MYOHO MARU was torpedoed and sunk by an American submarine

Builder and
Years Completed:
Harima Shipbuilding Co., Ltd. of Aioi.
1938-1939
Gross tonnage: 4, 125-tons (nominal).
Dimensions: 357.5' (LPP) x 49.5' x 28.6'
Propulsion: ???? 1 x 3-cylinder reciproating steam triple expansion engine, 1 screw, 4, 528 SHP
Speed: 16 knots cruising, 17.6 knots max.
Armament: Unknown