It was originally constructed as a commercial ship, but its ice durability and sonar technology prompted the Japanese army to purchase it for use as a naval ship. Following the war it was used as a repatriation ship and a lighthouse supply ship, and from 1956 to 1962 it served as an Antarctic observation ship. After passing the Antarctic torch to its successor, the Fuji, the Soya became a patrol vessel for the Japan Coast Guard.
After being decommissioned, the Soya was made a permanent exhibition in front of the Museum of Maritime Science in Tokyo and remains on display there today. This paper craft is a 1:200 scale replica of the Soya at the time of her first expedition to the Antarctic. Cooperation: Museum of Maritime Science.
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