SUITEN MARU - Class Auxiliary Transport

(SCHOUTEN later SUITEN MARU, prewar)

SUITEN MARU was laid down as a 1,784-tons passenger/cargo ship and named SCHOUTEN for Koninklijke Paketvaart Maatschappij, Batavia, D.E.I. She was completed in Apr 12 and registered at Batavia. In Feb 42, she was scuttled by her crew in the Madura Strait. Later salvaged by the Japanese, she was renamed SUITEN MARU and was registered in the IJN in Nov 42 as an auxiliary transport. She was torpedoed and sunk by an American submarine in Mar 45. Her sistership, DE WEERT also completed in 1912 was torpedoed and sunk by a Japanese submarine in Jul 42.

Builder and Year Completed: Rotterdam, Netherlands. Fijenoord shipyard.
Gross tonnage: 1,784-tons
Dimensions: 270.0' (Lpp) x 40.0' x 16.7'
Propulsion: One triple expansion steam engine, one shaft, 165 nhp.
Speed: Cruising: 9.5 knots Max: unknown.
Armament: Unknown