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SS Nitta Maru
The Nitta Maru was a transpacific passenger liner built for the N.Y.K. Line sold to the Imperial Japanese Navy. It was built in Nagasaki in 1941. It weighed 18,000 tons, measured 564 feet long, 68 feet wide, and made to carry 342 first class passengers. When completed, it never carried civilian passengers as it was requestioned as a troopship for the Imperial Japanese Navy before it carried any civilians. It later became the aircraft carrier Chuyo . It was later bombed off the coast of southern Japan. The Nitta Maru was one of three ocean liners, its two sisters were the Yawata Maru, and Kasuga Maru. None of the three survived the second world war and each was turned into a troopship and later converted to an aircraft carrier.
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