Itsukushima Class

Itsukushima Class Minelayer


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

Completed in 1929, the ITSUKUSHIMA was a purpose-built minelayer. She was the first Japanese warship to be equipped solely with diesel engines and the first to be fitted with an Oertz rudder. She participated in the Sino-Japanese war in China and the invasion of Dutch Borneo and was later used as a transport. The ITSUKUSHIMA was torpedoed and sunk in the Java Sea in October 1944.

Builder and Year Completed: Uraga Dock Co., Tokyo, 1929.
Displacement: 2,408-tons.
Dimensions: 341' x 38.10 x 10.6
Propulsion and Speed: 3 M.A.N. diesels, 3 shafts, 3,000-hp, 17 knots.
Armament: 3 x 140-mm/50 cal. (5.5 inch) guns, 2 x 76-mm/40 cal. (3-inch) guns, 250-500 mines, 2 depth charge throwers.