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SOYA WITH LIGHTS

Model is hand-crafted from hard wood with planks on frame construction and then painted as the color of the real ship. Our model is built fully assembled and ready for display.

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Packing Volume

TK0016P

100L x 17W x 38H (cm)

 39.37L x 6.69W x 14.96H (inch)

0.15 m = 5.29 ft

The Sōya 宗谷 Ship Model

宗谷 Japanese icebreaker

The Sōya Ship Model

Model Ship Soya ( 宗谷 )

The Sōya 宗谷 Museum Ship

The Sōya (宗谷) is a Japanese museum ship that previously served as an icebreaker and patrol boat, and was the first Japanese ship to take part in an Antarctic research expedition.

HISTORY

The Sōya (宗谷) is a Japanese museum ship that previously served as an icebreaker and patrol boat, and was the first Japanese ship to take part in an Antarctic research expedition.

Construction
The vessel that eventually became the Japanese icebreaker Sōya, was originally named Volochaevets. It was ordered from the Matsuo shipyard Koyagi Island, Nagasaki, Japan in 1936, by the Soviet Union as one of three ice-strengthened cargo ships (as part payment for the purchase of part of the South Manchuria Railway (also known as the Chinese Eastern Railway). Two other ice-breakers were Bolshevik and Komsomolets. She was launched from the shipyard now renamed as the Kawaminami Shipyard in February 1938. But as result of the growing tension between Japan and the USSR she was never handed over but rather was completed as an ice-breaking cargo freighter for the Tatsunan Kisen Co. She was now renamed the Chiryō Maru.

War time role
In November 1939 the Imperial Japanese Navy requisitioned her and in February 1940 she was given her current name (the same name had previously been used for the ex-Russian armoured cruiser Varyag) and assigned duties as an auxiliary ammunition ship/survey vessel. She had an eventful wartime career being attacked with torpedoes in January 1943 by the USS Greenling and in February 1944 near Truk being attacked by aircraft from TF58. Ten crew were killed and the Soya temporarily grounded

As a supply vessel
After the war she served as a repatriation ship and then as a lighthouse supply ship. It was in this later role that she acquired the nickname the 'Santa Claus of the Sea'

As an Antarctic research vessel
In 1956 she was overhauled and modified to make her ready for Antarctic research. This involved re-engining with diesel engines and the installation of a helicopter deck and helicopters. Over the period 1956 to 1962 she made trips to the Antarctic. On the second trip, in 1958, she rescued the explorers from the first expedition who had become stranded at the Syowa research station. Unfortunately they had to leave the expedition's dogs behind. On Soya's return a year later, two of the dogs, Taro and Jiro (who are now famous in Japan) were found alive. The fame of these events was extended by the film of the events Nankyoku Monogatari (lit. "South Pole Story"; released in the U.S. as "Antarctica") and by Disney's adaptation and Americanization in its film Eight Below.

As an ice breaking rescue vessel
She then became an ice breaking rescue ship for the Maritime Safety Agency, based in Hokkaido.

As a museum ship
She was decommissioned in 1978, and in 1979 became a permanent exhibition at the Museum of Maritime Science, Tokyo.

 

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