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Shohatsu Class, Japanese Landing Craft


Photograph of Shohatsu landing craft
U.S. Navy. Via Merriam (2006).


Specifications:


Tonnage
4.4 tons light displacement
Dimensions
34'9" by 8'0" by 1'11"
10.59m by 2.44m by 0.58m
Maximum speed       7.5 knots
Complement
5
Armament
1 light machine gun
Machinery
1-shaft kerosene (60 bhp)
Range
60 nautical miles (110km) at 7.5 knots
Cargo
35 men or 3.5 tons cargo

The Shohatsu or 10m landing craft was basically a simple steel motor boat, developed by the Army as the Type B landing craft. The Navy ordered just 20 of these craft, but it is not known how many were actually completed. They were carried by destroyers and smaller warships as a liberty boat.


References

Jentschura, Jung, and Mickel (1977)

Merriam (2006)

Murray and Millett (1996)



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