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TOYO MARU No. 3 - Class Auxiliary Transport


(TOYO MARU No. 3 prewar)

This class consists of TOYO MARU No. 3 only, completed in Oct 25 for Sawayama Kisen K.K. She was requisitioned by the IJN in Nov 41 and converted in Dec 41 to an auxiliary netlayer. TOYO MARU No. 3 was re-rated as an auxiliary transport in Oct 43. She ran aground in Jun 45 and was subsequently bombed and damaged beyond repair by US carrier-based aircraft.

Builder and Year Completed: Kobe. Harima Zosen K.K..
1925
Gross tonnage: 985-tons.
Dimensions: 210.3' (Lpp) x 31.8' x 17.7'
Propulsion: One reciprocating triple expansion steam engine, one shaft, 910 b.h.p.
Speed: Cruising: 10 knots Max: unknown.
Armament: As netlayer (standard armament): One 8cm/40cal deck gun, one Type 93 13mm MG, one 7.7mm MG, one 60cm searchlight, one DC launcher, two DC racks, 24 DCs, four anti-torpedo nets, one hydrophone.
As transport:
- 22 Nov 43: One 8cm/40cal deck gun, four Arisaka rifles, Type 3 handguns, Type 95 DCs.
- 19 Mar 44: One 8cm/40cal deck gun, one Type 93 13mm MG, four Arisaka rifles, Type 3 handguns, four Type 95 DCs.
- 16 May 44: One 8cm/40cal deck gun, one Type 93 13mm MG, four Arisaka rifles, Type 3 handguns, four Type 95 DCs, one Type 3 hydrophone.
- 24 May 44: One 8cm/40cal deck gun, one Type 93 13mm MG, four Arisaka rifles, Type 3 handguns, four Type 95 DCs, two DC racks with 6 DCs, one Type 3 hydrophone.
- 30 Jul 44: One 8cm/40cal deck gun, one Type 93 13mm MG, four Arisaka rifles, Type 3 handguns, one Type 95 DC, two DC racks with nine DCs, one Type 3 hydrophone.
- 11 Aug 44: One 8cm/40cal deck gun, three Type 93 13mm MGs, four Arisaka rifles, Type 3 handguns, one Type 95 DC, two DC racks with nine DCs, one Type 3 hydrophone.
- 28 Oct 44: One 8cm/40cal deck gun, three Type 93 13mm MGs, four Arisaka rifles, Type 3 handguns, four Type 2 DCs, two DC racks with six DCs, one Type 3 hydrophone.
- 22 Nov 44: One 8cm/40cal deck gun, three Type 93 13mm MGs, four Arisaka rifles, Type 3 handguns, two Type 2 DCs, two DC racks with eight DCs, one Type 3 hydrophone.
- 30 Mar 45: One 8cm/40cal deck gun, two Type 96 25mm guns, three Type 93 13mm MGs, four Arisaka rifles, Type 3 handguns, two Type 2 DCs, two DC racks with eight DCs, one Type 3 hydrophone.