(SEIA MARU prewar)
This class consists of SEIA, NANA and TOA MARU, the latter being
renamed TOA MARU No. 2 GO in ’41. They were completed between Apr ’39 and
Jun ’40 for Osaka Shosen K.K. All were requisitioned in 1941 by the IJN,
SEIA MARU was converted to an auxiliary ammunition ship and the other two
served as auxiliary transports. All were bombed and sunk by US or Dutch
aircraft between Jan ’42 and Aug ’44.
|Builder and Years Completed:
||Aioi. Harima Zosensho K.K. shipyard (SEIA
and NANA MARU) Koyagijima. Kawaminami Kogyo K.K. Zosensho shipyard
(TOA MARU) |
||6,658 to 6,757-tons |
||438.6' x 58.4' x 32.8'
||One steam turbine, 1 shaft, 4,200 n.h.p.
(SEIA MARU) One diesel engine, 1 shaft, 5,800 n.h.p. (NANA and TOA
||14 knots cruising, 19.5 knots max.