Asama Class

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Asama Class armoured Cruises of the Imperial Japanese Navy, Asama and Tokiwa. These armoured Cruisers were ordered as part of the 1896 Second Navy Programme and were designed by Philip Watts and built in the Uk by Armstrong at Elswick there cruisers were very similar to the O'Higgins cruisers built by Armstrong for the Chilean navy, But had improved armour and larger armament.

Displacement: 9700 tons, Sped: 20.5 knots,  Crew 726   Armament: Four 8 - inch Guns in pairs. Sixteen 6 - inch QF  twelve 12 pounder QG  Seven 2.5 pounder QF  Five 18-inch Torpedo Tubes

Asama 22nd march 1898 Scrapped 1947
Tokiwa 6th July 1898 Lost 9th August 1945

Asama

Asama, laid down in November 1896, launched 22nd March 1898 and completed 18th march 1899, The Asama along with her sister ship were at the battle of Tsushima where she was damaged by gunfire her steering gear was disabled.  Due to poor maintenance her speed deteriorated to 19 Knots and was re-boilered between 1915 and 1917. After the First world war her roll became a training ship ad finally scrapped in 1947

Representation of the Japanese training ship Asama in Miraflores Locks, Panama Canal

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Asama c.1911.  Sent in by Allan Lloyd.

HIJMS Asama  photographed 1901

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Japanese cruiser Asama in 1902. Launched at Elswick she measured 408 ft long and 67 ft wide with a displacement of 9,750 tons and a speed of 23 knots.

Japanese Cruiser Asama

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Asama and a British Warship [CHATHAM]

  Asama with a British or Australian "Chatham" class light cruiser on the other side of the pier: 2 funnels, pole masts, suggest "First Class Cruisers" ASAMA. 

Tokiwa

Tokiwa Laid down January 1898 and launched 6th July 1898 and completed 18th May 1899,The Toriwa along with her sister ship were at the battle of Tsushima where she was damaged by gunfire. She was re-boilered in 1910 and again in 1937 with eight Kanpon Boilers.  Before the outbreak of World war One The Tokiwa was converted to a minelayer and  carried a total of 300 mines. In August 1927 she suffered substantial damage  in an accidental explosion. and was placed in the \reserve Fleet. at the outbreak of the Sino-Japanese was in 1937 she was refitted and used again as a minelayer. increasing her carrying capacity to 500 mines.  The Tokiwa  was mined in April 1945 and was later sunk by air air attack,  in August but lay in shallow water. the wreck was scrapped  after the war

HIJMS Tokiwa

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