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Hakusan Maru

BuilderFederal Shipbuilding and Drydock Company, Kearny, New Jersey, United States
Launched11 Nov 1918
Sunk11 Jun 1945
Displacement13,130 tons standard
Length411 feet
Beam55 feet
Draft27 feet
MachineryOne steam engine rated at 2,300hp, one shaft
Speed11 knots
Commissioned as USS Federal16 Nov 1918
Decommissioned by USN17 Jun 1919


ww2dbaseFreighter Federal was ordered by the United States Navy during WW1 to transport troops, horses, and supplies across the Atlantic Ocean. Her maiden voyage took place between 30 Nov 1918 and 27 Jan 1919, sailing from the United States to France. After three trips across the Atlantic, she was decommissioned from military service on 17 Jun 1919. She was put for sale into the civilian market in 1937, and was purchased by a British company who renamed her Federlock. When the Pacific War began in Dec 1941, she was on time charter to a Japanese shipping company, and Japan seized control of the ship. She was pressed into Japanese service under the name Hakusan Maru. She remained under Japanese service through nearly the entire Pacific War. She was sunk by a torpedo attack by American submarine USS Crevalle on 11 Jun 1945.

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Last Major Revision: Jun 2010

Hakusan Maru Operational Timeline

11 Oct 1944 Hakusan Maru arrived at Hong Kong.


US Navy freighter USS Federal with dazzle camouflage, photograph likely taken on 16 Nov 1918

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US Navy freighter USS Federal with dazzle camouflage, photograph likely taken on 16 Nov 1918

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