Sen Toku
Artist: John Meeks
Original painting is oil on canvas measuring approx 30" x 20"
Subject: Japanese submarine aircraft carrier "I-400" at sea, 1945


The story behind the painting...

Until the advent of the American and Russian nuclear "super-subs" of the late 1950's and '60's this old gal had reigned as the biggest submarine ever built. And she was not alone ... of some seventeen planned, three were actually completed and built.

Were they a ridiculous, pointless weapons of little significance, but of great curiosity? ... or were they a formidable strategic naval weapon ... ahead of their time?

After much research and study (... these boats absolutely
fascinate
me!) I have come to the frightening conclusion that they were in fact, the latter. And I use the word "frightening" advisedly!

Notwithstanding the commonly known fact that they were intended to be used to attack and disable the locks of the Panama Canal (a perfectly logical target ... and an action that may have had a severe impact upon the
allied war effort), the original concept and construction of these gigantic boats would also appear to have been connected with contemporary Japanese nuclear research, and the ties established with Nazi Germany
regarding similar research. These ties had resulted in (limited) sharing of information and reciprocal transference of knowledge and materials in this
regard. Research and development of bacteriological weapons was also in consideration .. and under way.

Gets scary .... doesn't it?!

The truth is .... the I-400 boats were originally conceived to attack Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York, Philadelphia and Washington D.C ... probably with "dirty" nuclear, or bacteriological weapons! .....and,
had the timing been right ... they could have done it!

They were formidable boats. With a range of better than 30,000 miles(!) each boat carried three Aichi "Seiran" bombers (plus a disassembled fourth).  The "Seiran" wasn't a small reconnaissance aircraft - but a fully fledged torpedo-bomber developed from the well proven (Allied code-name) "Judy" that had demonstrated its effectiveness throughout the previous few years as a credible combat aircraft. Three of these boats would have been capable of (and at one time were intended to be used for ...) launching a squadron
of these puppies ... over New York!

 


All prints have titles in English and Japanese, and bear the Imperial Japanese Naval Ensign


Above: Photo of the Original painting

It would not have won the war for Japan. But it would have been a most terrifying chapter to have added to an already terrifying story ...... had it happened!

As it was, the three I-400 class submarines were dispatched to attack the U.S. fleet in Ulithi Atoll in late 1945 ... only to be recalled to surrender before they saw action.  I-400 and I-401 eventually landed in Pearl
Harbor - were exhaustively examined and scuttled. I-402 was eventually scuttled off Kure in Japan by U.S. forces and lies there to this day.

Indeed ... strategic weapons ... well ahead of their time ... and ...thankfully ... never used ...

There we go!

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Size : 19" x 13" 
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