(Tatekawa Maru prewar as a Kawasaki Kisen
In December 1941, TATEKAWA MARU was requisitioned by the IJN and
ordered converted to an auxiliary oiler. TATEKAWA MARU's sisters were
NIPPON and TOHO MARUs. TOHO MARU was sunk by an American submarines in
March 1943 while NIPPON and TATEKAWA MARUs were torpedoed and sunk by
American submarines in January and May 1944 respectively.
|Kawasaki Dockyard, Kobe |
||499.1' x 64.9’ x 29.6’
||1 Kawasaki MAN-Type diesel engine, 2,115
n.h.p., maximum speed 19.5 knots
|Oil Cargo Capacity:
||NIPPON -103,000 barrels @ 42 gals/barrel
or approx. 13, 324-tons of crude oil @7.33 barrels per metric
TATEKAWA - 93,000 barrels or approx. 12,687-tons of crude
||1 x 4.7-inch (120-mm) LA gun.