Waihora Class Auxiliary Transport

(WAIHORA, later TAIRYU MARU, prewar)

2016 Bob Hackett

WAIHORA was completed in 1907 as a cargo ship for the Union Steamship Co. of New Zealand, Ltd, She was sold to Japanese owners in 1927 and renamed TAIRYU MARU. She was requisitioned by the Imperial Army (IJA) in '41 for service as a troop transport. In Feb '44, TAIRYU MARU was bombed and sunk by USAAF heavy bombers off Formosa.

Builder and
Years Completed:
Swan, Hunter & Wigham Richardson Ltd, Wallsend, River Tyne, England
Gross tonnage: 4638- tons.
Dimensions: 385' x 52'1" x 26'9"
Propulsion: 3 cyl steam engine, 339 n.h.p., 1 shaft
Speed: E 8 knots
Armament: Unknown AP.