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RYOTOKU MARU-Class Auxiliary Transport


(RYOTOKU MARU prewar)

This class consists of RYOTOKU MARU only, completed in 38 for Oya Shoji K.K. She was requisitioned by the IJN in Mar 41 as a general requisitioned transport, released to her owners in May 41, requisitioned again by the IJN and converted to an auxiliary gunboat in Sep 41; and converted to an auxiliary transport in Aug 42. RYOTOKU MARU was torpedoed and sunk by an American submarine in Sep 43.

Builder and Years Completed: Tama. Tama Zosensho K.K. Shipyard
1938
Gross tonnage: 955-tons
Dimensions: 347.1' (Lpp) x 49.9' x 24.6'
Propulsion: One Triple Expansion Steam Engine, one shaft, 1,800 bhp
Speed: Cruising: 12 knots. Max: 15 knots
Armament and equipment: Unknown.