Shunten Maru Class Auxiliary Oiler

(SHUNTEN MARU, prewar)

Completed as a passenger cargo ship in 1928 for Yamamoto Shoji, K. K., Osaka, SHUNTEN MARU was requisitioned by the IJN in late 1940. In December 1941, she was ordered converted to an auxiliary emergency tanker at at Kawasaki, Kobe. She was torpedoed and sunk by an American submarine in the South China Sea in November 1944. Her sisters were COLUMBIA and OLYMPIA MARUs.

Builder and
Year Completed:
Mitsui Bussan, K.K., Tama
Gross tonnage: 5,623-tons.
Dimensions: Unknown
Propulsion: Geared steam turbine, 2,300 BHP, 1 shaft.
Speed: 13.2 knots
Oil Cargo Capacity: Unknown
Armament: Unknown.