Japanese minesweeper Tama Maru No. 2

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Name: Tama Maru No. 2
Builder: Mitsubishi Jukogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
Launched: 1936
Fate: Sunk as a result of damage by US aircraft on 13 March 1942
Status: Shipwreck
General characteristics
Displacement: 264 gross ton
Length: 119.7 feet (36.5 m)[1]
Beam: 24.1 feet (7.3 m)
Draught: 13.7 feet (4.2 m)
Propulsion: Triple expansion engines (76 NHP)

The Tama Maru No. 2 was a 264 gross ton whaler built by Mitsubishi Jukogyo Kabushiki Kaisha, Kobe for Taiyo Hogei Kabushiki Kaisha in 1936. She was requisitioned in 1941 by the Imperial Japanese Navy during World War II and converted into a minesweeper. On 10 March 1942, during the invasion of Lae-Salamaua, Tama Maru No. 2 was damaged by Douglas SBD Dauntless dive bombers from the United States Navy aircraft carriers USS Lexington and USS Yorktown off Lae, New Guinea.

On 13 March 1942, Tama Maru No. 2 sank as a result of damage inflicted off Lae.


  1. ^ "Lloyd's Register 1942-43" (PDF). plimsollshipdata. Retrieved 10 November 2011. 

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