SS Africa Maru loading sacked flour at CPR wharf

Africa Maru

Vessel Type
Cargo ship » General cargo vessel
Ship Dates
Launched: January 30 1918
End date: October 21 1942
Vessel Description

Placed in service on OSK’s Hong Kong-Japan-Tacoma route, Africa Maru carried many Japanese immigrants to the Pacific Northwest. From December 1929 - June 1930, her ports of call included Shanghai, Kobe, Yokkaichi, Shimizu, Yokohama, Victoria, and Seattle. In October 1941, she was requisitioned by the Imperial Army (IJA). She was converted into a troop transport and allotted Army No. 913.

On October 20th, 1942, US submarine Finback (SS-230), attacked a Japanese convoy off the west coast of Formosa and torpedoes army passenger-cargo ship Africa Maru and cargo ship Yamafuji Maru. Both ships remained afloat, but sank the next morning.

Africa Maru was carrying a cargo of rice and corn, 112 crewmen and 38 passengers including survivors of cargo ship Teibo Maru from Saigon to Moji via Formosa. Three crewmen were killed in action.

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Related Archival Items
graphic materials: T.S.S. "Africa Maru" (4185)
graphic materials: Africa Maru near Prospect Point lighthouse (4186)
graphic materials: Africa Maru underway (4187)
graphic materials: R.M.M.V. Aorangi & Africa Maru (4619)
graphic materials: SS Africa Maru loading sacked flour at CPR wharf (PA096.002)
technical drawings: M.S. “Africa Maru” trim diagram (2007.5000.0629)