Kasuga Class

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Kasuga Class Armoured Cruisers of the Imperial Japanese Navy. The two Armoured Cruisers were initially designed and laid down for the Italian Navy, but were purchased by Argentina for the war against Chile. but the war ended before completion and both ships were sold to Japan who wanted to match the Russian Fleet. 

Displacement: Kasuga 7628  and Nisshin 7698 tons  Speed: 20 knots,  Crew 600   Armament: One 10 - inch Guns in pairs. Two 8 - inch Guns Sixteen 6 - inch QF  ten 3 -inch guns Six 3 pounder QF   2 Maxim MG's   Four 18-inch Torpedo Tubes

Kasuga 22nd October 1902 Scrapped 1948
Nisshin 9th February 1903 used as target 1936
Kasuga
KASUGA Built at Ansaldo at Genoa was to be could the Mitra but renamed the Rivadavia by Argentina.  launched on the 22nd October 1902 and completed on the 7th January 1904. served in the Russo-Japanese war  and took part in the Battle of the Yellow sea and again at the Battle of Tsushina. After 1922 as part of the Washington treaty she was partially disarmed and used as a training ship finally scrapped 1948 
Nisshin

HIJMS Nisshin 

A reproduction of this original photo / photo-postcard size 10" x 7" approx available.  Order photograph here  ? Walker Archive. Order Code PAN140

NISSHIN   Built at Ansaldo at Genoa was to be could the Roco but renamed the Mariano by Argentina.  launched on the 9th February 1903 and completed on the 7th January 1904. served in the Russo-Japanese war and was severely damaged during the Battle of the Yellow sea and again at the Battle of Tsushina. After 1922 as part of the Washington treaty she was partially disarmed and used as a training ship finally used as a target and sunk 1936.