RIKUGUN YUSOSEN/BYOINSEN

Yoshino Maru-Class Auxiliary Hospital Ship/Transport

(NDL KLEIST, later YOSHINO MARU)

2012 Bob Hackett


YOSHINO MARU was completed in 1907 as passenger cargo ship KLEIST for the Norddeutsche Lloyd (NDL) (North German Lloyd) Line. In 1919, after World War I, she was taken over by Britain in 1919 until 1922 when she was ceded to Japan and renamed YOSHINO MARU. Managed by Nippon Yusen Kaisha (NYK). In '37, she was chartered by the IJA. Later, she was converted to a hospital ship, and in '44 to a transport. In Jul '44, YOSHINO MARU was torpedoed and sunk by an American submarine off Luzon, Philippines.

Builder and
Year Completed:
F. Scichau, Danzig, Germany
1907
Gross tonnage: 8,998-tons.
Dimensions: (LPP) 463' x 57'" x 11.8'
Propulsion: Two coupled steam quadruple expansion engines, 7,074 IHP, 2 shafts
Speed: cruising 10 knots, max 15.93 knots
Armament: Unknown .