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IDZUMI protected cruiser (1884 / 1894)

Idzumi 1899

Name No Yard No Builder Laid down Launched Comp Fate
和泉 <Idzumi> (ex-Esmeralda)     Armstrong, Elswick, UK 5/4/1881 6/6/1883 15/7/1884 // 15/11/1894 stricken 4/1912

  

Displacement normal, t

2920

Displacement full, t

 

Length, m

82.3 pp

Breadth, m

12.8

Draught, m

5.64

No of shafts

2

Machinery

2 HC, 12 cylindrical boilers

Power, h. p.

6083

Max speed, kts

18.2

Fuel, t

coal 600

Endurance, nm(kts)  

Armour, mm

compound - deck: 13 with 25mm slopes

Armament

2 x 1 - 254/30 Armstrong F/G, 6 x 1 - 152/30 Armstrong I, 5 x 1 - 47/30 21/2pdr Hotchkiss Mk I, 2 x 10 - 11.4/94, 3 - 350 TT (1 bow, 2 beam)

Complement

300

Ship project history: Idzumi, the ex-Esmeralda, was purchased from Chile in November 1894 in time for the Sino-Japanese war. Although she arrived in Japan within a very short time of her purchase she was not finally ready for service until after the war had ended. She had been designed to operate in the relatively calm waters near the South American coast and proved unsuitable for duties in the rough waters around Japan. Stability was improved in 1899 by replacing the 152mm guns with 120mm models.

Ship protection: Protective deck had 13mm flat and 25mm slopes.

Modernizations: 1899: - 6 x 1 - 152/30, 5 x 1 - 47/30, 2 x 10 - 11.4/94; + 6 x 1 - 120/40 Armstrong T, 2 x 1 - 57/40 6pdr Hotchkiss Mk I, 6 x 1 - 47/40 3pdr Hotchkiss Mk I

1902: - 2 x 1 - 254/30; + 2 x 1 - 152/40 Armstrong Z

Naval service: After the Russo-Japanese war she was relegated to a subsidiary role.

Ivan Gogin, 2014