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.


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)