Tatekawa Maru Class Auxiliary Oiler
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(Tatekawa Maru prewar as a Kawasaki Kisen tanker)

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.

Builder and
Year Completed:
Kawasaki Dockyard, Kobe
1936
Gross tonnage: 9,974-tons.
Dimensions: 499.1' x 64.9 x 29.6
Propulsion: 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 ton
TATEKAWA - 93,000 barrels or approx. 12,687-tons of crude oil
Armament: 1 x 4.7-inch (120-mm) LA gun.