TAIYO MARU-Class Auxiliary Transport

(USS CAP FINISTERRE, later TAIYO MARU, bringing home troops in 1919)

Completed in 1911 as passenger-cargo CAP FINISTERRE for the German Hamburg-Sudamerikanische Dampfschifffahrts-Gesellschaft. In 1920, she was ceded to Japan as a World War 1 reparation and renamed TAIYO MARU. During the Pacific War, she was allotted to the Imperial Army as a Rikugun Haitosen (A/C-APK). TAIYO MARU was sunk by an American submarine in May '42.

Builder: Blohm & Voss, Hamburg, Germany
Year Completed: 1911
Gross tonnage: 14,503-tons.
Dimensions: 580' x 65' x 28'
Propulsion and Speed: Steam reciprocating, twin screws max. 19 knots.
Armament: Unknown