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Matsue Maru, Japanese Repair Ship


Photograph of repair ship Shoei Maru prior to conversion

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Specifications:


Tonnage 5644 tons displacement
Dimensions 402'7" by 54'7" by ?
122.7m by 16.6m by ?
Maximum speed       14 knots
Armament
2 4.7"/45 dual-purpose guns
Machinery
1-shaft geared turbine

The Shoei Maru was completed as a cargo ship for the Matsuoka Kisen K.K. Line in 1938. She was requisitioned by the Japanese Navy and converted to an "auxiliary specially installed construction warship" in April 1941. A month later she was renamed Matsue Maru. She was apparently serving with 4 Fleet when war broke out.

Matsue Maru was torpedoed on 12 May 1942 by submarine S-44 off New Ireland while under way to assist the striken minelayer Okinoshima.

References:

CombinedFleet.com (accessed 2012-7-13)

Gamble (2010)

Zimm (2011)



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