Rio De Janeiro Maru - りおでじゃねろ丸


Rio De Janeiro Maru was an ocean liner laud down in May 1929 by Mitsubishi Shipbuilding in Nagasaki, and was launched in November that same year for Osaka Shosen Kaisha Line. She sailed in South America and US waters carrying cargo and emigrants. The Imperial Japanese Navy requisitioned her in October 1940,and converted her to an armed military transport. Five months later she was assigned the role as a submarine tender. She was damaged by USS Swordfish outside Indochina in July 1942, and underwent repairs in Hong Kong. She was extensively used as both a military transport and submarine tender in most parts of Asia. She arrived Truk lagoon 11. February 1944 loaded with various military supplies, and was six day later bombed and set on fire by American airplanes from USS Bunker Hill and USS Yorktown. She went down in the deep late at night 18. February, and two men of the crew lost their lives. The wreck rest today on her starboard side east of Uman Island on a depth of 12 to 33 meter, about four hundred meters from shore.

Former names:
Rio De Janeiro Maru

461,3 x 62,0 x 26,0 f
Tons: Built: Home Port:
9627 grt
Nagasaki ( JP ) 1929
Osaka ( JP )

Last updated: December 2020