Tachibana Maru Class Auxiliary Oiler


IJA tanker TACHIBANA MARU was torpedoed and sunk by an American submarine off Formosa in Oct '44. Sister MANJU MARU was torpedoed and damaged by an American submarine off Formosa in Jan '45. Forced to beach, she was finished off that same month by planes from TF 38.

Builder and
Year Completed:
Kobe Steel Co., Aioi.
Gross tonnage: 6,515-6521 tons.
Dimensions: 420' (B.P.) x 54' x 26.6'
Propulsion: Reciprocating engines, max speed 12 knots.
Oil Cargo Capacity: 71,400 barrels @ 42 gals/barrel
or 9,741-tons of crude oil
@7.33 barrels per metric ton
Armament: 1 80mm gun, 1 machine gun and depth charges.