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VARYAG 1st class cruiser (1901)


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Varyag soon after completion

Ships


Name No Builder Laid down Launched Comp Fate
Варяг [Variag]   Cramp, Philadelphia, USA 22/5/1899 31/10/1899 15/1/1901 scuttled 9/2/1904, to Japan (宗谷 [Soya]), returned 4/4/1916, captured by UK 21/12/1917 (barrack ship V342)


Technical data


Displacement normal, t

6500

Displacement full, t7022
Length, m

129.8

Breadth, m

15.9

Draught, m

6.30 max

No of shafts

2

Machinery

2 VTE, 30 Niclausse boilers

Power, h. p.

21000

Max speed, kts

23.2

Fuel, t

coal 1350

Endurance, nm(kts)

3680(10)

Armour, mmNickel steel; deck: 38 with 76mm slopes, ammunition hoists: 38, CT: 152
Armament

12 x 1 - 152/44 Canet, 12 x 1 - 75/48 Canet, 2 x 1 - 63/17 Baranovski, 8 x 1 - 47/40 Hotchkiss, 2 x 1 - 37/20 Hotchkiss, 6 - 381 TT (aw, 1 bow, 4 beam, 1 stern), 22 mines

Complement

580



Standard scale images


<i>Varyag </i>1902
Varyag 1902


Graphics


<i>Varyag </i>soon after completion
Varyag soon after completion
<i>Varyag </i>1916
Varyag 1916


Ship project history


A four-funnelled cruiser with a forecastle deck extending to between the first two funnels. The 152mm guns had no shields and were mounted two abreast forward and aft, and the other eight in sponsons from the upper deck, four abaft the foremast and four by the mainmast. Except for two right aft, the 75mm were at upper deck level.

Ship protection


The protective deck was 38mm with 76mm slopes, the CT 152mm, ammunition hoists 38mm and there was a patch of 76mm protection for the bow and stern TT.

Modernizations


1916, was armed with: 12 x 1 - 152/44 Canet, 10 x 1 - 75/48 Canet, 2 x 1 - 47/30 21/2pdr Hotchkiss, 2 - 381 TT (beam)

Naval service


Varyag was badly damaged by Japanese cruiser Asama at Chemulpo 9/2/1904 and was scuttled after the action. She was raised and served in the Japanese Navy as the Soya. Sold to Russia in 1916, she was sent to the White Sea and in February 1917 arrived at Liverpool for repairs that were never carried out, the Varyag remaining as a hulk in British waters until scrapped.