Noshiro Maru Class

(Hokoku Maru by Takeshi Yuki scanned from "Color Paintings of Japanese Warships")

In 1941, the passenger-cargo ship NOSHIRO MARU was requisitioned from the Nippon Yusen Kaisha (NYK) Line by the IJN and converted to an armed merchant cruiser. She was rerated a transport in 1942 and sunk at Manila in 1944.

Year Completed: 1934
Displacement: 7,183-tons.
Dimensions: Length 448.6', beam 62.4', draft 27.8'
Propulsion: 1 Mitsubishi diesel, 1 shaft, 6,700 shp, 18.5 knots.
Armament: 4 x (152-mm/(6-inch)/50 cal. single mount guns, one 80-mm (3.15-inch) single mount AA gun and two 7.7-mm single mount MGs (2x2). Two aircraft.