(French Liner ARAMIS (later TEIA MARU) at Hong Kong)
M.S. ARAMIS was completed as a passenger-cargo ship for
Messageries-Maritimes in 1932. Her appearance was unusual in the fact that
her funnels were square-shaped. In the 1930s, she saw passenger service on
Messageries-Maritimes' Marseilles-Far East route. From 1939 to 1942, she was
used as an Allied armed merchant cruiser. In April, 1942, the Japanese seized ARAMIS
in Saigon and renamed her TEIA MARU. She was used as a diplomatic exchange
and repatriation vessel. Later, she was used to transport Allied prisoners of war.
In August 1944, TEIA MARU was torpedoed and sunk by an American submarine
off Luzon, Philippines.