© 2001 Anthony P. Tully
Construction at Yokosuka as a battleship of the YAMATO-class suspended; and reconstruction as an aircraft-carrier begins.
5 October 1944:
"Launched" with the flooding of the construction drydock. However, an accident causes preciptous flooding of the dock, and some slight damage to the hydrophone compartment in the bow is caused when it rams against the dock edge. This is swiftly put right, and final fitting out proceeds.
1 November 1944:
Photograped by B-29 while moored outside the entrance to Yokosuka Harbor. (As a result of this growing enemy interest and danger, the decision is made to transfer the SHINANO to Kure, though final fitting out is still incomplete.)
11 November 1944:
1500: On trials in Kisarazu Bay. The only beam photograph found of her is taken on this date.
19 November 1944:
Officially commissioned at Yokosuka, Captain Abe Toshio assigned as commanding officer.
28 November 1944:
1330 Depart Yokosuka for Kure, carrying six `Shinyo' suicide-boats, 50 Ohka rocket-bombs and personnel of the "Thunder-Gods" unit. Escorted by ComDesDiv 17 Shintani Kiichi's ISOKAZE (flag), YUKIKAZE, and HAMAKAZE.
Sunk: At 1057 hours rolls over to starboard completely bottom up, then sinks by the stern in position 33-07'N, 137-04'E, taking down Captain Abe (by his choice), 1,435 officers and men, the 50 Ohka rocket bombs and 6 Shinyo suicide boats. Rescued are 55 officers, 993 petty officers and men, plus 32 civilians for a total of 1,080 survivors (including 3 of the Ohka pilots). In addition, the HAMAKAZE does recover the Imperial Portrait found floating on the sea.
30 November 1944:
1700: ISOKAZE, HAMAKAZE, and YUKIKAZE arrive at Kure. SHINANO's survivors are quarantined till January 1945 on the island of Mitsuko-jima in Kure Bay.
31 August 1945:
Removed from Navy List.