Kinai Maru Class Auxiliary Seaplane Tender

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

In 1941, the KINAI MARU-class transport SANYO MARU was ordered converted to a seaplane tender. The SANYO MARU was rerated a transport in 1943.

Builder and Year Completed: Mitsubishi, Nagoya, 1930
Displacement: 8,360-tons.
Dimensions: 446' x 60’ x 40’
Propulsion: 2 Mitsubishi-Sulzer diesels, 2 shaft, 16, 0600 shp.
Armament: 2 x 5.9-inch, 2 x 13mm MG
Aft well deck fitted with two 56' catapults, cranes fitted to recover aircraft.
Aircraft: 8 Type 95 Kawanishi E8N “Dave” 2 seat reconnaissance float biplanes, 4 Type 0 Aichi E13A1 "Jakes" .