Tokusetsu Sokaibokan

About Tokusetsu-sokaibokan

The IJN called converted minesweeper tenders "Tokusetsu-sokaibokan". Their task was to engage in the service as a mother ship of Minesweepers and Tokusetsu-sokaitei. Four merchant ships were used as Tokusetsu-sokaibokan between 1937 and 1945. "Nihonkai Maru" was removed from the navy list before the outbreak of the Pacific War.

Data of Tokusetsu-sokaibokan

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History of Tokusetsu-sokaibokan

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(Nihonkai Maru)

Ikushima Maru

Imizu Maru

Eiko Maru

 

Photo Source:

  1. Nihonkai Maru: K. Ueno. Sempaku 100 nenshi Zempen. Ariake Shobo 1957
  2. Ikushima Maru: Bureau of Military Affairs, Navy Department. Kisenhyo (Bessatsu Shashincho). 1938
  3. Imizu Maru, Eiko Maru: M. Yamada & H. Noma. Nippon no kyakusen (1), Ships of the World. Kaijinsha