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SHINKO MARU-Class Auxiliary Transport

(SHINKO MARU prewar)

This class consists of SHINKO, ZENYO, KEIYO, YAMAZUKI, KAMOGAWA, YAMAGIRI, TAMAGAWA and YODOGAWA MARUs, completed between 35 and 39 for various shipping companies. All were requisitioned, YAMAZUKI, TAMAGAWA and ZENYO MARUs by the IJA, SHINKO, KEIYO, KAMOGAWA, YAMAGIRI and YODOGAWA MARUs by the IJN in 41. SHINKO MARU served as an auxiliary minelayer, KAMOGAWA and KEIYO MARUs as auxiliary aircraft transports, YAMAGIRI MARU as an auxiliary transport , YODOGAWA MARU as an auxiliary collier/oiler. All were bombed or torpedoed and sunk between Feb 42 and Oct 44.

Builder and Years Completed: Yokohama. Mitsubishi K.K. Zosensho
1935-1939
Gross tonnage: 6,438 to 6,479-tons
Dimensions: 439.3' x 58.4' x 25.6'
Propulsion: 1 M.A.N. D6Zu diesel engine, 1 shaft, 3,700 n.h.p.
Speed: 14.5 knots cruising, 18 knots max.
Armament: Various depending on use.