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IMPERIAL JAPANESE NAVY (JAPAN)

CRUISERS

KATSURAGI screw corvettes (1887 - 1888) 

Yamato 1887

Name No Builder Laid down Launched Comp Fate
葛城 <Katsuragi>   Yokosuka K K 18/8/1883 31/3/1885 4/11/1887 stricken 4/1913
大和 <Yamato>   Onohama K K, Kobe 23/11/1883 1/5/1885 16/11/1888 survey ship 4/1922
武蔵 <Musashi>   Yokosuka K K 1/10/1884 30/3/1886 9/2/1887 survey ship 4/1922

  

Displacement normal, t

1476

Displacement full, t

1502

Length, m

61.3 pp 62.8 wl

Breadth, m

10.7

Draught, m

4.60

No of shafts

1

Machinery

HCRA, 6 cylindrical boilers

Power, h. p.

1622

Max speed, kts

13

Fuel, t

coal 151

Endurance, nm(kts)

 

Armament

2 x 1 - 173/22 RKL/25 C/72, 5 x 1 - 120/22 RKL/25 C/78, 1 x 1 - 79/25 RKL/27 C/73, 4 x 4 - 25/60 Nordenfelt Mk I, 2 - 380 TT

Complement

231

Ship project history: The three composite-built vessels of the Katsuragi class were ordered under the 1882 Programme and were a much more modern design than the previous Kaimon. They were completed with straight bows and recessed gunports which allowed the two forward guns to fire on a forward arc instead of only on the broadside, as in previous designs.

Modernizations: 1900, all: barque rig was removed; - 2 - 380 TT; + 8 x 1 - 47/30 21/2pdr Hotchkiss Mk I, 2 - 450 TT

1907, all: armament consisted of 4 x 1 - 76/40 Armstrong N, 4 x 1 - 47/30 21/2pdr Hotchkiss Mk I

1910s, Yamato, Musashi: - 2 x 1 - 76/40, 4 x 1 - 47/30

Naval service: Katsuragi sank 13/10/1900, raised in 1901 and repaired. Musashi ran aground near Nemoro 30/4/1902 but refloated 21/6/1902 and repaired. Yamato and Musashi were converted to survey ships in 1922, Yamato was converted to drillship in 1935 and foundered during a storm 18/9/1945 (BU in 1950), Musashi was hulked as Hai Kan No 5 in July 1928 and BU in 1931.

 

Ivan Gogin, 2014