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Japan's Kamakura Maru escort aircraft carrier

Design

The passenger liner Chichiba Maru was purchased by the Japanese Navy in 1941 and converted into a hospital ship. In 1942 it was decided to convert her into an escort carrier but was sunk before work started.

Ships

IJN Kamakura Maru

  • Formerly the Chichiba Maru
  • Manufacturer: Yokohama
  • 1928: Laid down.
  • 1929: Launched.
  • April 1943: Sunk by USS Gudgeon.

Specifications

  Kamakura Maru
Crew  
Displacement 16,800 tons
Physical Characteristics  
Length 575' 9"
175.5 m
Length - Water Line 565' 11"
172.5 m
Length - Between Perpendiculars 560'
170.7 m
Beam 73' 10"
22.5 m
Draft / Height 27' 7"
8.4 m
Flight Deck 500'
152.5 m
Performance  
Speed 20 knots
Armament  
Anti-Aircraft 5" twin mounts: 4
25 mm: 24
Aircraft 38
Armor  
Engines Burmeister & Wain 8 cylinder diesel
Shafts 2
HP 16,000
Oil 3,190 tons

Sources:

  1. The World's Aircraft Carriers 1914 - 1945, Roger Chesneau, 1986
20th Century American Military History Crucial Site