Kawashima Class Minelayer

(Tsubame by Takeshi Yuki scanned from "Color Paintings of Japanese Warships")

Completed in 1945 as a coastal minelayer/escort vessel just prior to the end of the war, KAMASHIMA did not see action. She and sister AWASHIMA, completed in 1946, both served as demobilization transports with the Allied Repatration Service.

18 other planned units were cancelled in 1945 before being laid down.

Builder and Years Completed: Sasebo Navy Yard, 1945-46.
Displacement: 766-tons standard.
Dimensions: 239' by 25'8" by 8'6"
Propulsion and Speed: Geared diesels, 2 shafts, 1,900 bhp; 16.5 knots.
Armament: 2 x 40-mm AA gun, 13 25-mm AA guns (3 x2, 7 x 1) 120 mines, 36 DCs.