RISUI MARU - Class Auxiliary Transport

(RISUI MARU ex-British LIPIS in wartime)

RISUI MARU was laid down as a steamer and named LIPIS for Straits Steamship Co. Ltd., Singapore. She was converted in ’38 to a motor vessel. Requisitioned in Dec ’41 by the Admiralty as an auxiliary patrol boat, she was bombed and abandoned on fire in Feb ’42. Her wreck was seized by the Japanese in Jul ’42 and after repairs, she was renamed RISUI MARU in ‘43. Registered in the IJN in Oct ’43 as an auxiliary transport, she was shelled and sunk SE of the Andamans by British destroyers in Mar ’45.

Builder and Year Completed: Greenock. Scotts’ Shipbuilding & Engineering Co. Ltd.
Gross tonnage: As built: 845-tons. After 1938: 914-tons
Dimensions: 214.2' (Lpp) x 35.4' x 11.4'
Propulsion: As built: One triple expansion steam engine, one shaft, 87 nhp. After 1938: One diesel engine 675 bhp.
Speed: Cruising: 10 knots. Max: Unknown.
Armament: Unknown.