RIKUGUN YUSOSEN

ZUIKAI MARU Class Auxiliary Transport


(Similar size ship)

This class consists of ZUIKAI, CHINKAI, SHIROHAMA, SHIROTAI and REIKAI MARUs. All were completed as cargo ships between 1943 and 1945 for the East China Sea Corporation, Tokyo and Nippon Yusen Kaisha K.K. (NYK),Tokyo. CHINKAI, SHIROHAMA and SHIROTAI MARUs were requisitioned by the Imperial Japanese Army (IJA). CHINKAI MARU was torpedoed and sunk in 44 and SHIROHAMA and SHIROTAI MARUs were bombed and sunk in 44.

Builder and Years Completed: Shanghai. Kiangnan (Jiangnan Arsenal) Dock & Engineering Works (operated as Mitsubishi Konan Yard).
1943-1944
Gross tonnage: 2,800-tons (nominal)
Dimensions: 302.2' LPP x 44.5' x 24.3'
Propulsion: Coupled reciprocating steam engines, 1 shaft, 1,800 h.p.
Speed: 11 knots.
Armament: Unknown.