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|Tonnage||873 gross register tons
1581 deadweight tons
|Dimensions||210'11" by 31'2" by 14'9"
64.29m by 9.50m by 4.50m
|Maximum speed||9 knots|
|Range||2000 nautical miles (3200 km) at 7 knots
The 2Es were standardized cargo vessels
built under the 1944 program of the Navy Ministry, whose Technical
Bureau developed the designs based on work done by the Ministry of
Communications in 1942.
They were designed for mass production rather than commercial economy,
like the American Liberty Ships.
The ships were build entirely from prefabricated sections with a
simplified hull form (no concave sections) and the deckhouse aft over
the diesel machinery spaces. As
with the American equivalent, special yards
were set up for their
These slow, fragile ships proved easy prey for submarine attack. Their diesel
engines were an older design that was notoriously unreliable.
More of these ships were built than any other
standardized design. As a result, although they were designed as
coastal freighters, they were pressed into service for transoceanic
traffic. Postwar, they carried many Japanese servicemen home and formed
the nucleus of a revived merchant marine.
Jentschura, Jung, and Mickel (1977)
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