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

Completed in 1933, SARUSHIMA was a dual-pupose coastal light minelayer and escort vessel. In 1943-1944, her minelaying rails were removed and she was fitted with depth charge racks. SARUSHIMA was sunk off Chichi-Jima by Task Force 58's aircraft in July 1944.

Builder and Year Completed: Mitsubishi, Yokohama, 1929.
Displacement: 566-tons standard.
Dimensions: 219.5' by 24'6" by 6'
Propulsion and Speed: 2 geared diesels, 2 shafts, 2,100 bhp; 18 knots.
Armament: 2 x 80-mm (3-inch) 40 cal AA gun (2 x 1), 1 x 13.2mm MG, 120 mines.