RIKUGUN YUSOSEN

Kyokusei Maru Class Auxiliary Transport

(SS Margaret Coughlan loading lumber, prewar)

2017 Bob Hackett


KYOKUSEI MARU was completed in 1929 by J. Coughlan & Sons Ltd., Vancouver, B.C., Canada
as a 5,493-ton cargo ship and named MARGARET COUGHLAN. In 1938 she was sold to Asahi Shoji, Tokyo
and renamed KYOKUSEI MARU. In Mar '43, KYOKUSEI MARU was sunk by American USAAF
B-17 "Flying Fortress" heavy bombers in the Battle of the Bismarck Sea.

Builder and
Years Completed:
J. Coughlan & Sons Ltd., Vancouver, B.C., Canada
1920
Gross tonnage: 5,493- tons.
Dimensions: 410.5 feet x 54 feet x 29.7 feet
Propulsion: 2 triple expansion steam engines
Speed: 10 knots
Armament: Unknown AP.