Shikishima Class

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The Shikishima Class Japanese Battleships. Ordered under the Japanese Naval expansion programme of 1893. both ships Shikishima and Hatsuse were built in the UK. and were improved versions of the Royal navy  Majestic Class. 
Shikishima 29th March 1897 Scrapped 1947
Hatsuse 10th January 1898 Lost 15th May 1904
Shikishima

Shikishima  

The Shikishima was built at the Thames Iron Works and laid down on the 29th march 1897, launched on the 1st November 1898 and finally completed on the 26th January 1900. She was present at the Bombardment of Port Arthur on the 9th February 1904  and also took part in the Blockade of Port Arthur. She also was present at the Two naval battles of the Russia - Japanese war, the Battle of of the yellow sea and the Battle of Tsushima.  After world war One she was re classed as a Coastal defence Ship and from 1923 became a training Ship as part of the Washington treaty. Finally being Scrapped after World war two at Sasebo in 1947

Displacement: 14,850 tons and 15,453 tons full load.  Speed: 18 knots.  Compliment: 836                      Armament: Four 12-inch Guns in two turrets Fourteen 6 -inch guns  and Twenty 12 pdr QF guns  Six - 3 pdr and Six 2.5 pdr   Five 18th Torpedo Tubes

 

Shikishima  pictured 1903

A reproduction of this original photo / photo-postcard size 10" x 7" approx available.  Order photograph here  ? Walker Archive. Order Code PAN126

Shikishima 1902

A reproduction of this original photo / photo-postcard size 10" x 7" approx available.  Order photograph here  ? Walker Archive. Order Code PAN127

Hatsuse
Hatsuse

The Hatsuse was built in the UK by Armstrong Whitworth at Elswick and laid down on the 10th January 1898, launched 27th June 1899 and completed on the 18th January 1901. before sailing to join the Japanese fleet she represent the Japanese emperor at the Funeral of Queen Victoria. She was present at the Bombardment of Port Arthur on the 9th February 1904  and also took part in the Blockade of Port Arthur.  On the 15th may 1904 She struck a Russian Mine and was taken in tow by the Asashi but struck a second Mine and almost immediately sank after her magazine exploded.

Displacement: 15,000 tons and 15,255 tons full load.  Speed: 18 knots.  Compliment: 741                      Armament: Four 12-inch Guns in two turrets Fourteen 6 -inch guns  and Twenty 12 pdr QF guns Eight - 3 pdr and Four 2.5 pdr    Four 18th Torpedo Tubes

Hatsuse on sea trials after her launch on the Tyne in 1899.

Image courtesy of Carl Proctor

Hatsuse.  Sent in by Allan Lloyd.