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Nagata Maru
Career (Japan) Civil naval ensign ([Hinmaru])
Name: MS Nagata Maru
Operator: Nippon Yusen Kaisha, Tokyo
In service: 1937
Fate: lost in war
General characteristics
Tonnage: 2,969
Notes: Steel construction

The Nagata Maru (長田丸 Nagata maru?) was a Japanese ocean liner owned by Nippon Yusen Kaisha, Tokyo. The ship was went into service in 1937.

The name Nagata Maru derives from Nagata jinja, a Shinto shrine in Nagata Ward, Kobe, Japan.[1]


Nagata maru was the name of a of several Japanese vessls. In 1900, Fujinagata Shipyards completed its first all-metal construction merchant vessel; the No.2 Nagata Maru.

List of ships named Nagata Maru[]

  • Nagata Maru No. 1
  • Nagata Maru No. 2
  • Nagata Maru No. 3
  • Nagata Maru No. 4
  • Nagata Maru No. 5
  • Nagata Maru No. 6
  • Nagata Maru No. 7
  • Nagata Maru No. 8[2]
  • Nagata Maru No. 9
  • Nagata Maru No. 10
  • Nagata Maru No. 11
  • Nagata Maru No. 12
  • Nagata Maru No. 13[2]
  • Nagata Maru (1937)

Pacific War[]

In 1939, Nagata Maru was commandeered by the Imperial Japanese Navy for use as a troopship.

In transporting Allied prisoners, it was amongst those vessels which earned the epithet "hell ships."

In 1944, Nagata Maru was part of a Singapore-to-Saigon convoy anchored off Cape St. Jacques in French Indochina. The ship bombed and sunk.


  1. Richard, Ponsonby-Fane. (1964) Visiting Famous Shrines in Japan, pp. 324-328; from 1871 through 1946, the Nagata Shrine stood in the second tier of government supported shrines which were especially venerated by the imperial family.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Lloyd's. (1907). Lloyd's Register of Shipping, Vol. 2, p. 369., p. 369, at Google Books


  • Ponsonby-Fane, Richard. (1964). Visiting Famous Shrines in Japan. Kyoto: Ponsonby-Fane Memorial Society. OCLC 1030156

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