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PostPosted: Mon Apr 10, 2017 6:41 am 
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 20, 2017 3:36 pm 
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Here's a photo of Hiyo under construction as Izumo Maru at Kawasaki, Kobe on this date, April 20, 1940. She and Junyo's construction were 60% subsidized by the IJN, with her design enabling a quick conversion to an aircraft carrier should she be requisitioned by them. I've glanced at the photo dozens of times, but I only came to an interesting realization about it today.

At the time of this photo, her keel had been laid only five months earlier. The IJN would not requisition her for another 10 months, in February, 1941, with launching barely four months after that. Commissioning would take another year.

Understandably, much work would take place after the requisitioning, but even so, plenty of design features had to be built in from the start to enable a quick conversion. And that's what the photo shows. Most obvious is the shell of the forward elevator shaft, and the bulkheads of the lower hangar deck behind that.


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PostPosted: Thu Apr 20, 2017 9:07 pm 
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Hmm. I wonder what they would have used the elevator shafts for in civilian service. Large storage? Fuel?

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PostPosted: Fri Apr 21, 2017 11:40 am 
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I dunno. Fuel storage up that high in the hull would likely lead to stability issues. No access hatch above it in the original design for large cargo.

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Squash court?

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PostPosted: Fri Apr 21, 2017 1:06 pm 
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 21, 2017 2:42 pm 
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Obviously for practicing damage control.

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