NICHIRIN MARU was completed as MATA HARI in 1915 for British India Steam Navigation Co. Ltd., South Shields. Sold to Peninsula & Oriental Steam Navigation Co, in Aug ’24. Requisitioned in Sep ’39 by the Admiralty as an auxiliary patrol vessel in the Malayan Auxiliary Fleet. Captured in Feb ‘42 by the Japanese and renamed NICHIRIN MARU in Oct ‘42. Registered in the IJN in Nov ’42 as an auxiliary transport. Bombed and sunk by USN aircraft in Mar ’45.