SS Yoshida Maru

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Yoshida Maru No. 1
Career (Japan) Civil naval ensign ([Hinmaru])
Name: Yoshida Maru No. 1 [1]
Operator: Nippon Yusen (NYK)
Builder: Hakodate Dock at Hakodate, Hokkaidō
Completed: August 1941
In service: 1941
Out of service: 1944
Fate: lost in war
General characteristics
Tonnage: 2,921 gross register tons (GRT)
Length: 93 m (305 ft)
Beam: 13.8 m (45 ft)
Propulsion: 1 turbine, single screw
Speed: 11 knots (20 km/h)
Notes: Steel construction

The Yoshida Maru No.1 (第一吉田丸?) was a Japanese cargo ship owned by Nippon Yusen Kaisha. The ship was built in 1941 by Hakodate Dock at Hakodate on the northern island of Hokkaidō.

History[edit]

The Yoshida Maru No.1 was built at Hakodate; and she left port in August 1941 on her maiden voyage.[2]

The 2,921-ton vessel had a length of 310 feet (93 m), and her beam was 45 feet (13.8 m). The single turbine, single screw propulsion produced an average speed of 11 knots (20 km/h).[2]

World War II[edit]

Yoshida Maru No.1 was requisitioned as a transport ship of the Imperial Japanese Navy.

In April 1944, she departed Shanghai as part of the Take Ichi convoy carrying a full Japanese regiment of the 32nd Infantry Division. On April 26, 1944 she was spotted and sunk by the submarine USS Jack. There were no survivors[3] from the 2,586 soldiers, 81 ship's crew, and 2 armed guards aboard at the time of sinking.[4]

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "Yoshida Maru No. 1 Passenger/cargo ship 1919-1944". Wrecksite.eu. Retrieved 18 January 2013. 
  2. ^ a b Haworth, R.B. Miramar Ship Index: Yoshida Maru, ID#4048724.
  3. ^ ShipHistory: Yoshida Maru, April 26, 1944.
  4. ^ "Convoy Take Ichi". All Japan Seamen's Union. Retrieved 2011-11-17. 

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