Kinugasa Maru Class Auxiliaries


The KINUGASA Class consisted of KINUGASA, KASHII and KAGU MARUs. In 1937, merchants KINUGASA and KAGU MARUs
were requisitioned by the IJN and ordered converted to seaplane tenders. Both tenders were in operation in 1938. Before the start of
the Pacific War, KINUGASA and KAGU MARUs were rerated transports. KASHII MARU was requisitioned by the IJA.

Builders and Year Completed: KINUGASA MARU: Kawasaki, Kobe, (1936)
KAGU MARU: Harima Shipbuilding, Aioi (1936)
KASHII MARU: Harima Shipbuilding, Aioi (1936)
Displacement: KINUGASA MARU, 8,407-tons
KAGU MARU, 6807-tons
KASHII MARU, 8,408-tons
Dimensions: KINUGASA MARU 478’ x 61’ x 27'11"
KAGU MARU 453’ x 61' x 31;
KASHII MARU 477’ x 60.9" x 27'7"
Propulsion: 2 Mitsubishi-Sulzer diesels, 2 shafts, 16,600 shp
Armament: 2 x 120-mm (4.7-inch)/45 cal., 2 x 13-mm MG
Conversion: (KINUGASA & KAGU MARUs) Aft well deck fitted with two 56' catapults, cranes fitted to recover aircraft.
Aircraft: (KINUGASA & KAGU MARUs) 8 Type 95 Kawanishi E8N “Dave” 2 seat reconnaissance float biplanes, 4 Type 0 Aichi E13A1 "Jakes" .