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TARUSHIMA MARU Class Auxiliary Transports

(TARUSHIMA MARU prewar)

This class consists of TARUSHIMA and YAMAFUKU MARUs respectively completed in Feb 38 and Jul 40 for Hamane Shoten K.K. and Yamashita Kisen K.K. Both were requisitioned by the IJN and converted to auxiliary transports. They were both torpedoed and sunk, YAMAFUKU MARU in Nov 43 and TARUSHIMA MARU in Jan 44.

Builder and Year Completed: Sakurajima. Osaka Iron Works K.K. shipyard 1938 and 1940
Gross tonnage: 4,865-tons and 4,929-tons
Dimensions: 369.8' Lpp x 54.1' x 29.2'
Propulsion: One steam turbine, 1 shaft, 3,100 and 2,600 n.h.p.
Speed: 14 cruising, 16 max.
Armament: Unknown.