IJN EnsignJapan
Name: Goshū Maru
Builder: Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Kōbe
Laid down: 27 December 1938
Launched: 14 October 1939
Acquired: 14 September 1940
Out of service: 31 March 1944
Struck: 21 April 1944
Fate: Sunk 30 or 31 March 1944
General characteristics
Displacement: 8,592 tons standard
Length: 443.2 feet
Beam: 60 feet
Draft: 40 feet
Propulsion: 2 steam turbines

Goshū Maru was an aircraft transport vessel of the Imperial Japanese Navy (IJN). The ship was initially built at Kawasaki's Kōbe Shipyard and launched on 14 October 1939 as a merchant vessel for Goyo Shosen K. K.[1] On 14 September 1940 the IJN requisitioned as a transport ship and was refitted in 1940 as an aircraft transport. The ship subsequently saw service in the Pacific Campaign of World War II. Goshū Maru was sunk by United States Navy aircraft in the Palau Islands on 30 or 31 March 1944.


  1. ^ "Lloyd's Register 1941–42 Gosyu Maru (Goshū Maru)" (PDF). plimsollshipdata. Retrieved 3 October 2012.


  • Hackett, Bob; Sander Kingsepp and Peter Cundall (2006). "IJN Goshu Maru: Tabular Record of Movement". Tokusetsu Suijoki-Bokan!. Combinedfleet.com. Retrieved 3 October 2012.