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2TM Class, Japanese Tankers


Diagram of 2TM class Japanese tanker

U.S. Navy. Via ibiblio.org


Specifications:


Tonnage 2850 gross register tons
4722 deadweight tons
Dimensions 324'10" by 45'3" by 19'10"
99.01m by 13.79m by 6.05m
Maximum speed       11.5 knots
Machinery
Turbine
Range 5000 nautical miles (8000 km) at 9.5 knots


The 2TMs were standardized tankers. They were designed for mass production rather than commercial economy, like the American Liberty Ships. The ships therefore had a reduced number of transverse frames (weakening their hulls) and no double bottom compartments. Again, as with their American equivalents, special yards were set up for their construction.

These slow, fragile ships proved easy prey for submarine attack.


Production Schedule:

Year Units Completed

1943

0
1944
29
1945
5


References:

Heal (2003)

Jentschura, Jung, and Mickel (1977)


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