Asama Maru

 

As seen in 1937

 

I will like to dedicate this model to the people of Japan who had faced so much suffer from the 2011 earthquake!

私はそんなに2011地震に苦しむ直面していた日本の人々にこのモデルを捧げたいです!

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Asama Maru (浅間丸) and her sister Tatsuta Maru often referred to as "The queens of the seas"

Technical specification

Built: Mitsubishi Shipbuilding & Engineering Co. Nagasaki, Japan

Type: Passenger/cargo

Laid down: September 1927

Launched: October 1928

Completed September 1929

Displacement: 16,947 tons

Length: 178 m

Breadth: 22 m

Draught: 8,7m

Propulsion: Four Sulzer 8ST68 diesels - two from Winterthur & two license built by Mitsubishi, Japan first ordered 1927.

SHP 19.108
Auxiliary engines: four 675hp engines
Screws: Four
Speed: 20.7 knots (max)

Passengers: 839 (239 1st-class, 2nd-class 96 people, 504 3rd-class)
Crew: 329

Indoor swimming pool

The queens of the seas

These three ships (Asama Maru and sisters Tatsuta Maru & Chichibu Maru) were built for the NYK Line (Nippon Yusen Kaisha) for service between the Far East & the United States. Their interior design had a very period British style, Japanese influences were held to a minimum. Principal ports visited included Hong Kong, Shanghai, Kobe, Yokohama, Honolulu, Los Angeles & San Francisco. The Yokohama - San Francisco crossing would take about fifteen days, by the end of the 1930's such a trip would cost US$190 for 2nd Class or US$315 for 1st Class.

The Asama Maru left Kobe on October 7th 1929 for Yokohama. On October 11th 1929 the Asama Maru, built at a cost of about 1,000,000, began her maiden voyage from Yokohama to Honolulu and San Francisco. This was the first passenger liner in Japan propelled by diesel engines.

During December 1929 the visit of Douglas Fairbanks and Mary Pickford to Japan was marked by scenes of extraordinary enthusiasm with Japanese admirers frantically mobbing the cinema stars wherever they went. They left Japan on Asama Maru on December 21st.

The Asama Maru would set the record for fastest crossing of Pacific on the Yokohama - San Francisco route, (12 days and 7 hours). From time to time the Asama Maru would also call at Hong Kong, Shanghai, Kobe and Los Angeles.

February 1930 - at the half yearly meeting of the Nippon Yusen Kaisha mail line, the president of the company Mr K Kagami said that new motor ships were being built of which the largest would be capable of a speed of l8 to 19 knots. He expressed satisfaction with the new motor ship Asama Maru, which was the largest and fastest merchant vessel ever launched by a Japanese shipbuilding yard. Two sister ships of the Asama Maru had been launched, and would be commissioned in March or April. Six other vessels would be added to the fleet this year all of which would be propelled by Diesel engines. The new vessels would take part in the London, South American and Canadian trade.

By September 1937 she had made 46 complete round voyages between Hongkong and the United States.

The Hong Kong typhoon

On September 2nd 1937 a strong typhoon hit the Hong Kong area, although not the strongest recorded it was the most powerful one remembered by those living at the time. Twenty eight ocean-going vessels were caught up in the storm, with many more fishing vessels and junks going down with their crews. In all an estimated 11,000 lives were lost. The tide rose to a level of eighteen feet, a high of eight feet being the norm. An eighteen foot tidal wave was responsible for the great loss of life and property damage. At the time of the typhoon the Asama Maru was present in the harbor, but broke her moorings during the storm, and was not alone in being swept away. The Italian liner Conte Verde, of 17,900 tons went aground at Sai Wan Bay, the British India steamer, Talamba of 8,000 tons, ran ashore at Lyeemoon whilst the Asama Maru eventually grounded in Sai Wan Bay

The Asama Maru had gone ashore in Sai Wan Bay at about 4am after drifting helplessly in Junk Bay during the height of the typhoon, when the wind velocity reached 167 miles per hour. At daylight her unfortunate position was truly revealed to the officers and crew, an anxious morning for all onboard as her position became clear. Although the damage was limited only to the bottom plates of the ship it would be the salvage of the vessel which presented a much larger problem. At the time of the typhoon the ship was carrying no cargo and the typhoon created abnormally high tides, both of which contributed to stranding the ship higher on the rocks.

Five days after the Asama Maru went ashore Japanese salvage experts were on the job. The problem was attacked from two sides - on the inside of the ship items would be removed, whilst on the outside a channel would be blasted in the rock to provide a means of floating the Asama Maru off the rocks to deeper water at the next suitable high tide. Substantial resources were provided - two salvage tugs (including the Yusho Maru), 213 workmen including 36 divers and 5,000 pounds of dynamite. Rock, clay & sand totaling 7,300 tons was removed from an area of 22,000 square feet, being blasted and dredged away over a period of two hundred days using 25,000 dynamite charges. To lighten the ship two of the main engines, fuel oil, water, ballast, ship fittings, anchors, winches, life boats and stores weighing 4,000 tons were removed. Externally ten buoyancy tanks, each of fifty tons capacity, were fitted alongside the ship.

Attempts to refloat the ship during November 1937 failed, the next best opportunity would occur during the spring tides of March 1938. Elsewhere the N.Y.K. Line was charged by the owners of British and Italian ships that their vessels were allegedly forced aground by the drifting Asama Maru, and were suing the company for redress.

On Friday March 11th 1938 the Asama Maru was successfully refloated and moved to a wharf in Hong Kong. Here temporary repairs were carried out with the ship departing on March 18th for Nagasaki, arriving there on April 2nd for thorough repairs and overhaul, prior to re-entering service. The six month overhaul and refit was carried out by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Company in Nagasaki. She put to sea again on September 15th 1938, almost as a new ship, returning to her regular route between Japan and the United States.

1940

The Asama Maru incident

At noon on January 6th 1940 the Asama Maru under the command of Captain Watabe Yoshisada sailed from San Francisco for Yokohama via Honolulu, on a voyage that would feature an international incident, a small facet perhaps of the 'phony war'. Having left Honolulu on January 11th the westbound voyage sailed into severe gales en-route and very near the end of its journey it encountered and was stopped by the British light cruiser HMS Liverpool (Gloucester class?) at about 12.50 hours on January 21st at a point 35 miles off Nojima Zaki, Chiba Prefecture.

Initially the Asama Maru failed to yield but a blank round fired by the HMS Liverpool saw the ship stopped and boarded by a party of thirteen armed sailors. In the face of the captain's protestations, the inspection party questioned the fifty German passengers on the Asama Maru. From the information obtained twenty one of the German passengers were removed from the ship. The Asama Maru was allowed to proceed later that afternoon, arriving at Yokohama shortly after nightfall, the HMS Liverpool set course for Hong Kong.

One source suggested the Germans removed to the HMS Liverpool were all highly qualified technicians being sent to Japan to service German surface raiders and U-boats which were soon to begin operating in the Pacific area. In reality their story was less dramatic, the seamen had previously worked on Standard Oil Company tankers and having been dismissed from their duties were trying to make their way home to Germany, at this time throughout the Americas there were approximately 450 German sailors stranded in ports trying to find a way back to Germany. In addition Ellis Island also held 576 seaman from the scuttled German liner Columbus. (The Columbus had been scuttled in international waters 450 miles east of Cape May, New Jersey, USA on December 19th 1939. The obvious route of reaching Europe by the North Atlantic routes was now almost impossible).

The Japanese government protested the boarding on the basis of Article 47, London Declaration of 1909 (which was in fact not ratified by any government), that only persons actually enlisted in the armed services of belligerent nations could be removed from the ships of neutral countries while Great Britain adhered to the broad interpretation that any male personnel 18 to 50 years of age and physically fit for military service could be taken as prisoners of war whether they were passengers or crew members.

This action occurred very close to the coast of Japan and had all the makings of 'a first class scandal' (Joseph C Grew, American ambassador). Since the British were preparing for a major land engagement in Europe and the Japanese were weary of a campaign in China, neither government was looking to open up a new front. So it would be left for the diplomats to resolve the fallout from this matter. Additionally the leadership of the Japanese government had only just changed, the newly-organized moderate Yonai Cabinet had rejected military efforts to create a closer alliance with Germany whilst endeavoring to maintain favorable relations with Great Britain and the USA. Thus there was a large segment within Japan hoping to see the new government fail. For about two weeks following the incident the diplomats worked through their channels with resolution reached to the satisfaction of both governments. The Japanese would no longer provide passage to Germans of military age across the Pacific Ocean, whilst British passengers would be accepted for passage by Japanese shipping companies with minimal inquiry about their military status. The agreement also called for the return of nine of the Germans taken from the ship.

As the furor subsided so the Asama Maru returned to its regular duties in crossing the Pacific. Captain Watabe 'retired' after the HMS Liverpool incident, Captain Fujita Toru was appointed the new captain.

On the journey commencing October 25th 1940 from San Francisco (voyage No.60 homeward) were are fourteen crewmembers of the scuttled German ocean liner Columbus, who were traveling 2nd Class under the disguise of American students. They ship reached Yokohama on November 12th 1940.

1941

Jewish refugees

Departing Yokohama for San Francisco on February 4th 1941 the ship carried a contingent of Polish Jewish refugees fleeing Soviet internment.

On its eastbound crossing at the beginning of May 1941 the ship was almost completely filled with Jewish refugees from Poland who had come via Siberia & Japan with the help of famed Japanese counsel Sugihara.

The Asama Maru arrived at Batavia on June 4th 1941, reaching Kobe on June 14th 1941.

On June 29th 1941 the Asama Maru sailed for Batavia (Djakarta) under temporary German charter to pick up four hundred German and Italian nationals detained in the Dutch East Indies since the invasion of the Netherlands by Axis forces. The ship would also evacuate six hundred women and children refugees (German or Japanese?) from Indonesia. On Thursday July 10th the Asama Maru reached Singapore.

On July 18th 1941 the Asama Maru departed Yokohama for San Francisco, carrying 98 passengers including 47 Japanese born in the United States. Whilst the ship is crossing the Pacific events with regard to the occupation of southern Indochina on July 23rd & 24th cause the Asama Maru to turn around and head back towards Japan. On the 24th the ship turns north and stops when fog banks are reached. With Japanese troops now entering Indochina President Roosevelt signs an Executive Order on July 26th 1941 that seizes all Japanese assets in the United States. American trade with Japan, including sales of oil and scrap metal ceases. Britain and the Dutch East Indies follow suit. Japan looses access to most of its overseas trade and its imported oil. On the same day the crew of the Asama Maru paint her funnels black and paint out the Japanese flags on the hull and deck.

On the evening of July 27th the ship was ordered back to Yokohama, turning around and then headed west for thirty six hours. Twenty four hours later the ship reverses course and heads for Honolulu, arriving there at 3.30pm on July 31st. At 9.00am the next morning the ship sailed for San Francisco 4 August 1941 but after sailing east almost 1,000 miles the Asama Maru was recalled to Japan, reaching Yokohama on August 10th, still with a cargo of silk valued at 750,000 sterling in her holds.

The ship received attention during October 1941 at Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. shipyard, Kobe.

On November 6th 1941 the Asama Maru departed Yokohama for Singapore to assist in the evacuation of approximately 450 Japanese civilians. The same month it was noted in Manila and had reached Kobe by November 26th 1941.

Handling over to Imperial Japanese Navy

At the end of November 1941 all three of the Asama Maru class passenger ships were charted by the Imperial Japanese Navy. Its first voyage as a navy ship saw it depart Yokosuka for Saipan on December 2nd 1941, arriving there four days later. Here 2,900 soldiers and 2,800 tons of cargo including ammunition were loaded for ??? The remainder of December was spent operating between Japanese ports.

1942

The arrival of 1942 saw the attachment of the Asama Maru to the 11th Air Fleet HQ and the commencement of many sailings that were far removed from its former north Pacific runs. Its first tour of duty took it to Takao, Formosa (now Kaohsiung, Taiwan) (January 1st); south to Jolo in the southern Philippines (January 9th); then to Davao on Mindanao (January 12th); Tarakan, Borneo (January 16th) - troop were disembarked here for use on Timor the following month; the ship then retraces its route to Takao, Formosa (January 29th).

On February 2nd it retraced its route back to Davao (February 13th) which included several round trips between Jolo & Davao. After twelve days at Davao the Asama Maru departed for Kendari, Celebes (March 27th). From here the ship returned to Yokosuka (Tokyo Bay) (April 6th).

The next sailing, from Yokosuka on April 16th took the Asama Maru to the Marianas, New Britain, the Caroline Islands and the Marshall Islands. Ports visited were Saipan (April 20th), Truk (April 22nd), Rabaul (April 25th), Ponape (April 30th), Kusaie - to load phosphorus (May 3rd), Jaluit (May 4th), then back to Kusiae, Roi (May 6th), Brown Island (May 8th), Kwajalein (May 12th), then returned to Japan for temporary duties involving the movement of Allied diplomats and other civilians from Japan and other occupied territories.

Exchange and Repatriation Ship

The Asama Maru sailed from Nagasaki on June 7th for Kobe, arriving the next day to embark some Latin American diplomats and the families. Departing Kobe on June 12th the ship reached Yokohama the next day. On June 17th 1942 a group of US & British diplomats including the American Ambassador to Japan, Joseph Grew were transferred from Tokyo to Yokohama, here a total of 416 Americans (142 diplomats and 274 civilians) then boarded the Asama Maru which remained at anchor until all the details of the diplomatic exchange were completed. In the meantime the Gripsholm departed New York on June 18th headed eastbound for Lorenco Marcques. The Asama Maru departed on June 25th shortly after midnight, arriving at Hong Kong on June 29th where further diplomats and families embarked and similarly at Saigon on July 3rd 1942.

The Italian liner Conte Verde was scheduled to leave Shanghai on June 29th, both ships were at Singapore on July 6th to sail jointly to the Portuguese East African port of Lourenco Marques in order to exchange their passengers with the Gripsholm. The Conte Verde carried 636 American and other 'enemy' nationals, all were former residents of Shanghai, Nanking, Hankow and Hainan Island. After taking on supplies the two ships sailed from Singapore on July 9th 1942. The Gripsholm had sailed from New York with homeward bound diplomats, employees of Japanese companies and students. It had called in at Rio de Janeiro en-route. Two other NYK ships (Tatsuta Maru & Kamakura Maru) were also present.

The passenger ships reached Lourenco Marques on July 22nd 1942, where greetings were exchanged between passengers and sailors. Newspaper reports stated that the Ambassador (Admiral Nomura) and Mr Kurusu. who had been negotiating with Mr Cordell Hull when the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor, were met by the German Consul and Vice-Consul. Many Japanese admitted they were sorry to leave their American friends and realized that life in Japan was not likely to be as comfortable. Passengers on the Asama Maru shouted as the ship tied up, 'What is the news? We have had none for some time.' Ambassador Grew, also the United States Minister for Siam and the Canadian Charge d'Affaires at Tokyo, were aboard. The Conte Verde's passengers included 32 missionaries. There were two births aboard the Gripsholm, including a Siamese princess, and two deaths aboard the Conte Verde. The ships tie up side by side with passengers transferring via gangways bow to bow or stern to stern.

By July 26th the Asama Maru had completed its exchanges and departed for Japan. On their return the ships carried large white crosses on the decks, they remained well lit at night and passengers constantly carried life vests. They called in at Singapore on August 10th 1942 before arriving back at Yokohama on August 20th. The Asama Maru was also carrying almost 7,000 Red Cross parcels for Allied prisoners-of-war held in Japan. After the completion of the diplomatic exchange voyage the Asama Maru remained at Yokohama until September 5th 1942 when she sailed for Yokosuka. Here the Asama Maru was re-requisitioned by the Imperial Japanese Navy and registered as a charter ship in the Yokosuka Naval District.

Prisoner of war transport  "Hell ship"

The last three months of 1942 saw the Asama Maru working a number of voyages, reaching a number of ports not visited before and acting as a prisoner of war transport on several occasions. The first voyage, of about six weeks departed September 12th 1942 from Yokosuka, and included visits to Leisui, China (September 17th), Saipan (September 23rd), Fais Island (September 25th), Palau, to load ammonium nitrate (September 26th), Kendari (October 1st), Makassar (October 4th), Balikpapan Borneo (October 7th), then back to Makassar, Celebes to load 1,000 Allied Prisoners of war bound for Japan, arriving at Nagasaki on October 23rd 1942 where the POWs disembark.

On October October 27 the Asama Maru departed Yokohama for Wake Island, arriving November 1st to load twenty prisoners of war bound for Yokohama, arriving there on November 6th. The ship then entered the dry-dock at Asano Shipyard for repairs, which were completed by December 1st. For the remainder of December 1942 sailings were limited to Japanese ports ending the year at Yokosuka.

1943

Under attack

During 1943 the Asama Maru continued to be a well travelled ship, but as the year wore on the ship more frequently received an escort or was part of a larger convoy. During February anti-submarine gear was added: hydrophones and depth charges. Many of the sailings were between ports in Japan but the more distant locations included Truk (January 10th); Shanghai (February 1st); Manila (March 12th) - whilst sailing between Takao and Manila with the escort of the destroyer Hagikaze on March 10th the USS Sunfish (SS-281) under Lt Cdr Richard Peterson fired four torpedoes at the Asama Maru, which was able to take evasive action and avoid the torpedoes. The Sunfish escaped from the destroyer's depth charge attack; Singapore (March 30th). After returning to Japan the ship travelled locally until sailing to Manila, arriving May 13th; Singapore (May 30th); St Jacques (June 14th); by June 24th the Asama Maru was back in Japan and travelled locally until about July 22nd when she sailed for Takao & Singapore.

After departing Japan the Asama Maru joined convoy HI-03 in the Formosa Straits on the morning of July 22nd 1943. Just before midnight on 22nd the USS Sawfish (SS-276) commanded by Lt Cdr Eugene Sands attacked the convoy on the surface and badly damaged the transport Seia Maru. This ship was taken in tow by the Nichinan Maru and they returned to Japan. The others head to Takao, add two other vessels here and departed for Singapore on July 26th. On July 29th the convoy encounters German U-boat U-511. Singapore is reached on August 1st. Whilst discharging cargo at Balikpapan on August 7th a case of cholera is discovered, the ship was quarantined for approximately one month.

On September 21st, 1943 the ship took seventy one Allied POWs on an eighteen day voyage from Singapore to Moji, Japan, including a brief stop at St. Jacques (Vung Tau) to join convoy HI-10 and later MA-06. The conditions under which the POW's were moved were bad, the holds were poorly vented, with little food & water, no medical attention or toilet facilities.

After two weeks sailing locally in Japan the Asama Maru sailed from Moji on the late afternoon of October 28th October as part of convoy HI-17 bound for Singapore consisting of the Asama Maru, three tankers and three escort vessels. This was the last major voyage for the Asama Maru during 1943. On November 2nd the convoy departed Takao having added six more vessels. Manila is reached during the evening of November 4th, one ship is detached here. Singapore is reached on November 11th. The Asama Maru leaves Singapore on November 25th (after a round trip to Truk?) as part of convoy G bound for Japan, arriving Sasebo on December 9th 1943. By December 17th the Asama Maru enters the Hitachi Shipbuilding, Ltd., yard at Innoshima spending a month here under repair.

1944

The Asama Maru came out of dry dock on January 18th 1944 and reached Moji by the end of January for inclusion in convoy HI-41 bound for Singapore. This convoy included the Teia Maru, formerly the Aramis which was also equipped with Sulzer engines. The convoy reached Singapore safely on February 11th. The Asama Maru did not linger long in Singapore, late on the afternoon of February 13th it set out for Moji as part of convoy HI-40 which included five tankers. Six days later as the convoy crossed the South China Sea some 300 miles west of Luzon the USS Jack (SS-259) commanded by Captain Thomas Dykers sank four of the tankers, the fifth succumbed to the USS Grayback (SS-208) under the command of Lt Cdr John Moore in an attack on February 24th 1944 some twenty miles east of Formosa (Taiwan). This attack also damaged the Asama Maru.

On February 25th the Asama Maru entered a dry dock at Keelung for repairs, remaining here until released on May 15th.

Asama Maru sailed as part of the large convoy HI-69 from Mutsure on July 13th bound for Manila. The convoy consisted of over twenty ships, including escorts. Submarines USS Rock (SS-274), USS Sawfish (SS-276) & USS Tilefish (SS-307) separately attack the convoy, several ships are damaged, but none are sunk. The majority of the convoy reached Manila late on the evening of July 20th. Convoy MAMO-01, including the Asama Maru departed Manila on July 25th for Nagasaki, arriving on August 3rd.

On September 8th the Asama Maru departed Moji for Keelung, reaching there safely and returned to Moji by September 24th.

On October 8th 1944 the Asama Maru under the command of Agawa Ryosaburo departed Japan for the last time, leaving Moji for a trip to Shanghai, with 5,000 army and navy troops and fifty 'Maru-yon' explosive motorboats and crew for these boats. Whilst en-route news of an enemy force east of Formosa led to the Asama Maru stopping on October 10th at Ssu-Chiao Island (Raffles Island), south of Shanghai. Convoy MOMA-04 carrying over 12,000 troops sailing from Shanghai to Manila joins the Asama Maru at anchor, remaining here until October 20th. By the early morning of October 23rd the convoy with the Asama Maru has reached the Sabtang Channel and takes continuous action to deter attacks from Allied submarines. Just before midnight on October 26th Manila was reached and the troops disembarked.

The beginning to the end

Late on October 29th the Asama Maru departed Manila with a total of 1,383 military personnel, civilian employees and survivors from sunken merchant ships, the mixed cargo included scrap iron, hemp, raw rubber. The movement was designated MAMO-04 and was protected by a torpedo boat and two minesweepers. Just before midday on October 30th a B24 bomber was sighted, the ship was readied for action, the Asama Maru had been equipped with a variety of anti-aircraft guns. The B24 remained in sight for about one hundred minutes, then flew off, no doubt having radioed the convoy's position to nearby submarines.

Later that evening an enemy submarine was detected, one minesweeper was sent to the scene and depth charges were dropped. The next day the weather worsened whilst an unidentified small ship drew the attention of the lookouts. Later a drifting lifeboats with several occupants suggested the presence of a nearby submarine. The previously unidentified small ship reappeared, a minesweeper was sent to investigate, whilst the torpedo boat was still away assisting the drifting lifeboat. In order to keep in touch with the escorts the Asama Maru slowed to 11 knots, but the suspected presence of a submarine leads to course changes and zigzagging.

During the early hours of November 1st 1944 contact with a submarine was made, the Asama Maru resumed its original speed and continued zigzagging. At about 04.35am whilst in the Bashi Channel the Asama Maru was hit by two torpedoes fired from the USS Atule (SS-403) captained by Lt Cdr John Maurer. The torpedoes hit the starboard side, hitting the auxiliary engine room and the main engine room. A heavy list to starboard quickly developed, not helped by two more torpedo hits in the area of the No.3 and No.4 holds. The stern settled rapidly, at 04.46am the Asama Maru disappeared, going down vertically, stern first at position 20-09N, 117-38E. Of the 1,874 crew, gunners and military personnel on board, 474 are lost in the sinking. Many of the survivors, including Captain Agawa are landed at Takao on the afternoon of November 2nd.

Reference: 

Books form the library :  

The Visual Guide to Japanese Wartime Merchant Marines #2

MODEL GRAPHIX

(Japan)

Reference: Model pictures and drawings

Die japanischen Kriegsschiffe 1869-1945

J.F. Lehmanns

(Germany)

Reference: drawing and background

 

The golden age of the Japanese passenger liners 1939 - 41

Ships of the world

(Japan)

Reference: drawings pictures and background

Thanks to Masayoshi Nagashima of Japan

websites:

http://www.combinedfleet.com/Asama_c.htm

http://www.lancs.ac.uk/staff/ecagrs/asama maru.htm

http://sites.google.com/site/powsofthejapanese/Home/hellships-information-photos/the-hellships-an-overview

http://www.hellshipsmemorial.com/hellships.htm

http://www.combinedfleet.com/Kokansen.htm

http://www.derbysulzers.com/shipasamamaru.html

http://www.nyk.com/rekishi/

I will like to show my gratitude to the following persons and institutions, as without their help and inspirations this project will not been easy:

Masayoshi Nagashima, Japan

Motoyuki Iwashige, Japan

NYK Maritime Museum Yokohama, Japan

Gilbert Casse, France

Jan Schulz, Germany

Jim C Smith, United Kingdom

Jean Secardin (Nimitz), France

and many more.

Post building script:

When I  decided to build a Asama Maru-class model, it was hard to choose witch ship. So I decided to build both (Asama Maru and Chichibu Maru) also because I knew myself too well - after one finish, it will be hard to build another up hereafter. Today  I'm happy with my decision although the building time was long (over 7 months)  On the plus side; Many errors are more easy to corrected while building in pair. And of course the models will suit each other well in the glass cabinet side by side.

I hope this model along with Chichibu Maru will inspire others to start a similar building project.

If you have any questions, remarks or things you will share, please don't hesitate to contact me.

Aeronautic July 2011.

     
 

Photos of the real ship

 
 

.I have collected photos of the ship from friends and the internet.  Uploaded with highest possible resolution.

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Movie clips of Asama Maru

 
 

Movie clip of the ship is very spares but I stumbled over some in my research

 
 

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  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1jbO7qBkwEE

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o5q58NWLdNo&feature=related

 

 
 

 
 

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