japanese Imperial Japanese Navy - IJN - 大日本帝国海軍 Nichimei Maru (also Nitimei Maru) (+1943)
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general
nationality japanese
purpose transport
type passenger/cargo ship
propulsion steam
date built 1912
status
unknown
details
weight (tons) 4704  grt
dimensions 121.9 x 15.9 x 7.6 m
engine triple expansion engine, 1 screw
power 387  n.h.p.
speed 9.5  knots
yard no. 837
about the loss
cause lost air raid
date lost 15/01/1943  [dd/mm/yyyy]
casualties  max.32rank: 614
about people
builder
Armstrong W. G. & Whitworth Co. Ltd., Newcastle-Upon-Tyne
last owner
[1]Imperial Japanese Navy - IJN - 大日本帝国海軍
Nichimei Maru (also Nitimei Maru) (+1943)
period 1940 ~ 1943
prev. owners
[2]Nissan Kisen K. K., Tokyo
Nitimei Maru
period 1938 ~ 1940
[3]Gran Johan (Steamship Co. Cosmopolite Ltd. A/S), Bergen
Ortri
period 1934 ~ 1938
[4]Hanssen Bernhard (A/S Atlantis), Flekkefjord
Alfred Nobel
period 1912 ~ 1934
captain
no. of passengers 2465
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entered 14/09/2010
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last update 16/11/2012
 
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Lettens Jan21/03/2012NICHIMEI MARU

Built for Norwegian owners, in 1912 and named Alfred Nobel. Rotterdam, Bergen to New York service. Sold in 1934 and renamed Ortri. Sold to Japanese owners, Japanese flag, in 1938 and renamed Nichimei Maru.

On January 15th, 1943, USAAF B-24s bomb a Japanese convoy, on route from Singapore to Penang, Malaya, and sink the army cargo ship Nichimei Maru and damage army cargo ship Moji Maru, some 200 miles south-southwest of Rangoon, Burma.

Unknown to the aviators, Nichimei Maru is transporting, next to 1.500 Japanese troops, 965 Dutch allied POWs. 32 POWs and an unknown number of Japanese were killed.

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 Armstrong W. G. & Whitworth Co. Ltd., Newcastle-Upon-Tyne
The company was a major British manufacturing company of the early years of the 20th century. Armstrong Whitworth engaged in the construction of armaments, ships, locomotives, automobiles, and aircraft.
 
 
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