SS Takao Maru (1927)

Takao Maru (高雄丸) was a 4,282-ton Japanese combined cargo vessel/passenger ship built in 1927 by Uraga Dock Company for Osaka Shosen Kaisha.[3] She was originally conceived as a high speed transport for perishable fruits, especially bananas, and had an advanced mechanical ventilation system to cool her cargo hold. She could also accommodate six first-class and 64 third-class passengers.

NameTakao Maru
OwnerOsaka Shosen Kaisha
OperatorImperial Japanese Navy
BuilderUraga Dock Company
Yard number317
Laid down19 July 1926
Launched2 April 1927[1]
FateBeached on 10 December 1941 at 17-29N, 120-26E[2]
General characteristics
Class and typeTakao Maru Class[1]
Tonnage4,282 GRT
Length108.4 m (356 ft)
Height7.1 m (23 ft)
Depth14.8 m (49 ft)
PropulsionMitsubishi turbine engine, 3,915 SHP
Speed16.32 knots


During the opening days of World War II, while assisting Japanese troops in the Japanese invasion of Vigan in northern Luzon, Philippines on 10 December 1941, she was attacked by Curtiss P-40 Warhawks, Boeing B-17 Flying Fortresses and Seversky P-35 fighters and of the Far East Air Force and was beached to prevent sinking.[4][5] The beached ship was later attacked by Filipino guerrillas and was rendered a complete loss.


  1. ^ a b Nagasawa, Fumio. "Early Showa". Archived from the original on 21 April 2014. Retrieved 20 April 2014.
  2. ^ Japanese Naval and Merchant Shipping Losses During World War II by All Causes. The Joint Army-Navy Assessment Committee. February 1947. p. 29. ISBN 1288590504.
  3. ^ "Lloyd's Register 1930–31" (PDF). plimsollshipdata. Retrieved 22 April 2014.
  4. ^ "Takao Maru (+1942)". Retrieved 19 April 2014.
  5. ^ "Osaka Soshen K.K." Retrieved 19 April 2014.