Taiyei Maru Class Transport

(Sister TOYOSAKI, prewar)

TAIYEI MARU was completed as a cargo ship in 1918 for Uchida Kisen, K. K. of Kobe. Her sisters were TAIRYU MARU, TOYOSAKI MARU, TAIKAI MARU and SAPPORO MARU No. 8, later renamed HAKUSAN MARU.

HAKUSAN MARU was requisitioned by the IJA. On 27 September '43, in “Operation JAYWICK” she was sunk at Pulau Bukum (near Singapore) by mines attached to her by Allied Commandos.

Builder and
Year Completed:
Uchida Shipyard Co., Ltd., Kobe.
Gross tonnage: 2,200-tons (nominal).
Dimensions: 270 (bp) x 39' x 23.9'
Propulsion: 1 x 3-cylinder reciprocating steam triple expansion engine, 1 screw, 139 NHP
Speed: 8.5 knots cruising, 9 knots max.
Armament: Unknown