SS Taimei Maru (1936)
Taimei Maru straddled by bombs in March 1943
|Owner:||Kinkai Yusen K.K.Nippon Yusen K.K.|
|Builder:||Mitsubishi Jukogyo K.K., Yokohama|
|Fate:||Sunk by aircraft on 3 March 1943 at 07°15'S, 148°30'E|
|Tonnage:||2,883 GRT1,450 NRT|
|Length:||326.2 feet (99.4 m)|
|Beam:||44.2 feet (13.5 m)|
|Draught:||24 feet (7.3 m)|
|Installed power:||284 NHP|
|Propulsion:||Triple expansion engines|
Built by Mitsubishi Jukogyo K.K., Yokohama and launched in 1936 for Kinkai Yusen K.K. She was sold in 1939 to Nippon Yusen K.K..
She left Rabaul, New Britain on 1 March 1943, as part of Operation 81, carrying a cargo of troops, equipment, fuel, landing craft and ammunition for Lae, New Guinea. The convoy was attacked by aircraft of the United States Army Air Forces and Royal Australian Air Force from 2 March 1943, known as the Battle of the Bismarck Sea. Taimei Maru was bombed on 3 March and sank at 07°15'S., 148°30'E.
Of those aboard, some 200 were killed during the attack.