NISSHO MARU No. 16 - Class Auxiliary Transport

(NISSHO MARU No. 16 Plan – Peter Cundall’s Collection)

This class consists of NISSHO MARU No. 16 only, probably completed in Dec ‘39 for Marusho Kaiun K.K. She was requisitioned by the IJN in Dec ’41 and converted to an auxiliary gunboat. NISSHO MARU No. 16 was re-rated as an auxiliary transport in Oct ’43. She was mined and sunk in Sep ’44.

Builder and Year Completed: Osaka. Ohara Zosen Tekkosho K.K.
Gross tonnage: 1,173-tons.
Dimensions: 216.2' (Lpp) x 33.8' x 18.3'
Propulsion: One reciprocating triple expansion steam engine, one shaft, 610 b.h.p.
Speed: Unknown.
Armament: Two 8cm deck guns, two single 7.7mm MGs.