SHINSHU MARU Class Auxiliary Oiler

(SHINSHU MARU, prewar)

Completed as a cargo ship in '34 for Tomoegumi Kisen K.K., SHINSHU MARU was requisitioned by the Imperial Army in '41 and participated in the Invasion of Java as a troop transport. In Jan 43, she was converted from a cargo-transport vessel to an emergency tanker and requisitioned by the Imperial Navy. In Oct 44, she was sunk by an American submarine.

Sister ship KOZAN MARU was completed in '35 as a cargo ship for the Yamamoto Kisen K. K. Line of Osaka. She too was requisitioned by the Imperial Army in '41 and participated in the Invasion of Java as a troop transport. In Sep 43, she was sunk by an American submarine.

Builder and
Year Completed:
Mitsubishi Jukogyo K. K., Kobe.
1934-1935
Gross tonnage: 4,182 - 4,186 tons.
Dimensions: 356.5' x 49.4' x ?
Propulsion: 1 diesel engine, 1 screw.
Speed: 15 knots
Oil Cargo Capacity: Unknown
Armament: Unknown.