|Name||No||Yard No||Builder||Laid down||Launched||Comp||Fate|
|海圻 [Hai Chi]||Armstrong, Elswick, UK||11.11.1896||24.1.1898||10.5.1899||scuttled 11.8.1937|
|海天 [Hai Tien]||Armstrong, Elswick, UK||16.2.1897||25.11.1897||1899||foundered 25.4.1904|
|Displacement normal, t||4300|
|Displacement full, t||4515|
120.7 pp 129.2 oa
|No of shafts||
4 VTE, 12 cylindrical boilers (really 4 single-ended and 4 double-ended)
|Power, h. p.||17000|
|Max speed, kts||24|
|Fuel, t||coal 1000|
|Armour, mm||Harvey steel; deck: 37 with 127-76mm slopes, gunhouses: 114, hoists: 102, shields: 51, CT: 152|
2 x 1 - 203/45 Armstrong T, 10 x 1 - 120/45 Armstrong Y, 16 x 1 - 47/40 Hotchkiss, 5 - 450 TT (1 bow, 4 beam)
In the end of 1895, after defeat in the Japanese-Chinese war, China started Navy revival. In July, 1896 in the Great Britain two 1st class protected cruisers for Northern fleet were ordered. Armstrong has offered as the sample Argentinean cruiser Buenos Aires, designed by P. Watts. Chinese Hai Chi and Hai Tien differed from a prototype by uniform guns calibre (10 120mm instead of 4 152mm and 6 120mm) and insignificant details of appearance. Flushdecked, high-freeboard hull with appreciable deck sheer (free board height was 6.2m in a bow, 4.2m amidships and 4.6m at stern). Rated power was 12500hp at natural and 17000hp at forced draught. On trials Hai Tien made 22.64kts at natural and 24.215kts at forced draught.
Protection was ensured by Harvey-steel armour deck with 37mm thickness in a flat part and 76-127mm slopes. 203mm guns placed in houses with 114mm protection and 102mm protection of ammunition hoists. 120mm guns had 51mm shields.
1920s, Hai Chi: - 4 x 1 - 47/40; + 4 x 1 - 37/27 Maxim
Hai Tien was lost as a result of wreck at Shanghai 25.4.1904. Hai Chi in late 1930s was laid up. She was scuttled 11.8.1937 on Yangtze at Jiangyin for fairway barrage.
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