Shimane Maru Class, Japanese Escort Carriers

Photograph of Shimane Maru

Fleet Air Arm. Via Wikimedia Commons


Tonnage 11,800 tons standard displacement
Dimensions 502'0" by 65'7" by 29'10"
153.0m by 20.0m by 9.1m
Maximum speed       18.5 knots
Aircraft 508'6" (155.0m) flight deck
1 elevator
12 aircraft
Armament 2 4.7"/45 dual-purpose guns
9x3, 25x1 25mm/60 AA guns
1 depth charge thrower (16 depth charges)
1-shaft geared turbine (8600 shp)
2 boilers
Range 10,000 nautical miles (19,000 km) at 14 knots
Type 13 air search radar

The Shimane Marus were Type 1TL tankers converted to small carriers for convoy escort. The well deck was converted to a hangar and there was no island. Two additional units were planned but never laid down.


Units in the Pacific:

Shimane Maru       Completed 1945-2 (Kobe)       Sunk by aircraft 1945-7-24 near Takamatsu
Otakisan Maru Launched 1945-1-14 (Kobe) Mined 1945-8-25 when 70% complete near Kobe


Chesneau (1992)

Gogin (2010; accessed 2013-4-5)

Jentschura, Jung, and Mickel (1977)

Worth (2001)

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