Yamato Maru, c. 1930.

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Yamato-maru, c. 1930, bearing the gold-and-red-stripe livery of Kinkai Yusen K.K. (KYK). Several ships have carried the same name.

See also:
NYK Line
Yusen (NYK) Building, Marunouchi, c. 1930

From the wiki: “In 1915, the Italian-built 9000-gross ton passenger-cargo ship Giuseppe Verdi was completed for the Transatlantica Italiana (TI) Societa Anonima Di Navigazione, Genoa, and transported thousands of Italian immigrants to Ellis Island, NY. In 1928, Giuseppe Verdi was purchased by Kinkai Yusen K. K. (KYK) of Tokyo and renamed Yamato Maru. In 1939, the Nippon Yusen Kaisha (NYK) Line of Tokyo acquired the assets of KYK, among them the Yamato Maru.

“On September 13th, 1943, US submarine Snook (SS-279) torpedoed and sank the now-Imperial Japanese Army transport Yamato Maru in the East China Sea, southeast of Shanghai. Yamato Maru was en-route from Mutsure (Shimonoseki) for Keelung, Formosa, with 916 passengers, 3340 tons of cargo and 3000 kg of mail.”

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