SS Yoshida Maru
Yoshida Maru No. 1
|Name:||Yoshida Maru No. 1 |
|Operator:||Nippon Yusen (NYK)|
|Builder:||Hakodate Dock at Hakodate, Hokkaidō|
|Out of service:||1944|
|Fate:||lost in war|
|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)|
The Yoshida Maru No.1 was built at Hakodate; and she left port in August 1941 on her maiden voyage.
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).
World War II
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 from the 2,586 soldiers, 81 ship's crew, and 2 armed guards aboard at the time of sinking.
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