(NICHIYU MARU prewar)
This class consisted of NICHIYU MARU only completed in Dec ’38 for
Nissan Kisen K.K. She was requisitioned by the IJN in Dec ’40 and
converted to an auxiliary minelayer and rerated in Jul ’42 as an auxiliary
transport. She was torpedoed and damaged beyond repair by an American
submarine in Mar ‘43 and further damaged by aircraft and shelling in Jun
|Builder and Years Completed:
||Kojagijima. Kawaminami Kogyo K.K. Shipyard
||451.4' (Lpp) x 58.1' x 32.8'
||One Triple Expansion Steam Engine, one
shaft, 3,600 bhp |
||14 knots cruising, 19 knots max.
|Armament and equipment:
||Four 12cm deck guns, two Type 93 13mm MGs,
two 7.7mm MGs, 400 to 500 mines, one 90cm searchlight, one 2.5m