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|Tonnage||7390 gross register tons
|Dimensions||470' by 62' by 27'
143m by 19m by 8m
|Maximum speed||18 knots|
1 3"/40 AA gun
2 7.7mm machine guns
||1-shaft Mitsubishi-Sulzer diesel (8000 shp)
The Akagi Marus
were merchant ships of the Nippon Yusen line converted to a
commerce raiding role.
carried out an important intelligence
mission prior to the breaking out of war in the Pacific, leaving Yokohama on 16 January 1941 for the Panama Canal and Portugal. She
carried a Navy delegation to Germany
to learn more about radar, military
technology in general, production
methods, and German records of regions of the South Pacific formerly
under German rule. She was later
used to transport prisoners
of war from Singapore to Japan. However, she was not
carrying prisoners of war when she was sunk.
||Converted to a transport in 1943. Sunk 1943-10-22 in East China Sea by Grayback|
|Asaka Maru||Kuriles||Converted to a transport in 1943. Sunk by aircraft 1944-10-12 off Pescadores|
Converted 1942-1-1 (Osaka)
|Sunk by aircraft 1944-2-17 off Truk|
CombinedFleet.com (accessed 2007-12-24)
Jentschura, Jung, and Mickel (1977)
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