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SHINKYO MARU-Class Auxiliary Transport

(SHINKYO MARU prewar)

This class consists of SHINKYO, ANSHU, SEIKYO, NIKKAI, RAKUTO, RYUKO, KOSHU, DAIDO, KEIKO, KANKO, ZUIKO and YAMABATO MARUs and SHINKO MARU No. 2 GO. They were completed between 33 and 39 for various shipping companies. KOSHU and RYUKO MARUs were requisitioned by the IJA, all the others by the IJN. YAMABATO MARU was converted to an auxiliary cable layer ship, KEIKO, KANKO, DAIDO and ZUIKO MARUs and SHINKO MARU No. 2 GO served as auxiliary gunboats, SHINKYO, ANSHU, SEIKYO and NIKKAI MARUs were first used as auxiliary gunboats and later as auxiliary transports. Finally, RAKUTO MARU was an auxiliary transport. All were lost during the war due to various causes.

Builder and Years Completed: Uraga. Uraga Senkyo K.K. Kojo Shipyard
1933 and 1939
Gross tonnage: 2,500 to 2,962-tons
Dimensions: 297.9' x 44.9' x 23.6'
Propulsion: One triple expansion reciprocating steam engine with LP turbine, 1 shaft, 1,300 nhp
Speed: 12 knots cruising, 14 knots max.
Armament: Various.