PEACETIME (K) Type Tanker conversion - Class

(TENNAN MARU in wartime)

Six Peacetime (K) Type ore carriers were converted during the Pacific War to emergency tankers: SEINAN, TAINAN, TAKETSU (BUTSU), NITTETSU, YAMASACHI (YAMAKO) and TENNAN MARUs. TAINAN, TENNAN and YAMASACHI (YAMAKO) MARUs were requisitioned by the IJN and served as general requisitioned tankers. TAKETSU (BUTSU), SEINAN and NITTETSU MARUs remained under civilian control. All were sunk between Oct 43 and Jan 45 from various causes.

Builder and Year Completed: Various.
1942 and 1943
Gross tonnage: Between 5,401-tons and 5,993-tons.
Dimensions: 416.0' (Loa) x 53.8' x 31.2'
Propulsion: One triple expansion steam engine or one steam turbine, one shaft, 1,000 to 2,000 bhp.
Speed: Unknown.
Armament: Unknown