TAIEI MARU-Class Auxiliary Hospital Ship/Cable Layer/Transport

(TAIEI MARU, prewar)

2014-2017 Bob Hackett

TAIYEI MARU was completed in 1912 as a passenger cargo ship for the Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha (NYK) Line. In '37, she was chartered by the IJA. In '38, she was renamed TAIEI MARU. In Aug '45, TAIEI MARU was undergoing remodelling to a hospital ship when hostilities ceased.

Builder and
Year Completed:
Uchida Shipyard Co., Ltd. Yokohama.
Gross tonnage: 2,934-ton -tons.
Dimensions: 270 x 39 x 23.6
Propulsion: Coupled triple reciprocating steam engine, 1 shaft
Speed: cruising E 10 knots, max E 11 knots
Armament: Unknown .