SS Taimei Maru (1936)

Taimei Maru was a 2,883 ton transport ship of the Imperial Japanese Army during World War II.

Taimei Maru straddled by bombs in March 1943
Name: Taimei Maru
Owner: Kinkai Yusen K.K.
Nippon Yusen K.K.
Builder: Mitsubishi Jukogyo K.K., Yokohama
Completed: July 1936
Fate: Sunk by aircraft on 3 March 1943 at 07°15'S, 148°30'E
General characteristics
Tonnage: 2,883 GRT
1,450 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.[1] 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.[2] 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.[3]


  1. "Lloyd's Register 1942-43" (PDF). plimsollshipdata. Retrieved 14 September 2012.
  2. McAulay 1991, p. 39
  3. "Taimei Maru". Shipwrecks. Retrieved 2016-10-01.


  • McAulay, Lex (1991). Battle of the Bismarck Sea. New York: St Martins Press. ISBN 0-312-05820-9. OCLC 23082610.
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