TONEI MARU - Class Auxiliary collier/oiler

(TONEI MARU, prewar Source: Ships of the World magazine No. 516, Nov 96, p. 136, via Berend Van der Wal)

This class consists of TONEI, SAINEI, HIYOSHI and FUJISHIMA MARUsy completed between Apr 41 and Mar 42 for various shipping companies. TONEI MARU was requisitioned in Jul 42 by the IJN and registered that same month as an auxiliary collier/oiler. SAINEI MARU remained under civilian control. HIYOSHI MARU was requisitioned by the IJA and served as Army transport No. 802. FUJISHIMA MARU was requisitioned by the IJN as a general requisitioned transport; she was lost in Feb 42 after stranding. The three others were torpedoed and sunk between Dec 41 and Jul 44 by submarines.

Builder and Year Completed: Sakurajima. Osaka Iron Works K.K. shipyard.
Between 1941 and 1942
Gross tonnage: Between 4,376-tons and 4,943-tons
Dimensions: 365.8(lpp) x 54.1' x 29.2'
Propulsion: OOne steam turbine engine, one shaft, 2,700 shp.
Speed: Cruising: unknown Max: 16 knots.
Armament: Unknown.