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Bangkok Maru Class, Japanese Auxiliary Cruisers


Photograph of Bangkok Maru prior to conversion

Nagasawa (1998). Fair use may apply.


Specifications:


Tonnage 5400 gross register tons
Dimensions 376'4" by 55'9" by 23'0"
114.71m by 16.99m by 7.01m
Maximum speed       18 knots
Armament 4 4.7"/45 guns
1 light machine gun
500 mines
Machinery
1-shaft Mitsubishi-Sulzer diesel (976 shp)

The Bangkok Marus were merchant ships of the Osaka Shosen line converted to a commerce raiding role just before war broke out.


Units in the Pacific:

Bangkok Maru     

Kure     

Torpedoed 1943-3-20 off Jaluit by Pollack

Saigon Maru     

Kure     

Redesignated an auxiliary gunboat 1944-1-20. Torpedoed 1944-9-18 off Manila by Flasher


References:

CombinedFleet.com (accessed 2009-10-15)

Jentschura, Jung, and Mickel (1977)


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