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KATSURAGI screw corvettes (1887 - 1888)


Ships


Name No Yard 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


Technical data


Displacement normal, t

1476

Displacement full, t1502
Length, m

61.3 pp 62.8 wl

Breadth, m

10.7

Draught, m

4.60

No of shafts

1

Machinery

1 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



Standard scale images


<i>Yamato</i> 1887
Yamato 1887


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.