4. By 6 April YAMATO had fueled to 90 per cent capacity and had taken aboard a full supply of ammunition, including fuzed AA projectiles for the 48cm (sic, actual caliber was 45cm) main battery guns. Her mean draft was about 35 feet, thus approaching that of the fully loaded condition. source: US Naval Technical Mission to Japan, Reports of Damage to Japanese Warships - Article 2, page 11.
Note: The YAMATO normally would carry 6300 tons of fuel, so a 90% fuel loading would equal about 5700 tons of soy bean oil.
The following website has just about all of the Reports available in PDF format of the US Naval Technical Mission to Japan. Unfortunately, they appear to be scanned images off of the microfilm copies available from the US Naval Historical Center's Operational Archivies, so they cannot be searched using Adobe Acrobat. I have a complete set of the microfilms, along with a fair number of hard copies of different reports that I have accumulated over the years. It is an enormous treasure trove of information on the Japanese Navy during WW2.
Link to "Early Use of Renewable Fuels"
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