RIKUGUN YUSOSEN

Samarang Maru Class Auxiliary Transport

(SAMARANG MARU, prewar)

2013-2014 Bob Hackett


SAMARANG MARU was completed in 1920 as one of the Nanyo Yusen's Line's new 4,000-ton cargo ships for service on their Japan ~ South Pacific route. She was one of the few Japanese merchantmen to survive the war and return to commercial martime service.

SAMARANG MARU's sisters were CHERIBON and MACASSAR MARUs. In Nov '42, CHERIBON MARU was sunk by USAAF bombing in the Aleutians. In Oct '44, MACASSAR MARU was sunk by an American submarine off the Philippines.

Builder and
Years Completed:
Mitsubishi Zosen Kaisha K. K., Kobe
1920-1921
Gross tonnage: 4,013 -4,031 tons.
Dimensions: 345 (LPP) x 50' x ?
Propulsion: Coupled triple expansion reciprocatiing team engines, 3,400 i.h.p, 196 n.h.p.
Speed: cruising 10 knots, maximum 14 knots
Armament: Unknown.