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DEFENX'E

760

tected cruisers built and builliug, r» third-class cruisers, and 12 gun vessels, kc. The torpedo Hotilla consists of 16 iirst-class, 23 second-class, and 28 third-class boats.

The following table includes all the battleships built and building, armoured cruisers and principal protected cruisers (abbreviations : b. barbette battleship ; c.d. coast defence vessel ; a.c. armoured cruiser ; p.c. protected cruiser ; q.f. quick -liring gun) : —

c

Name.

CO

i a 1^

« C ■

Principal armament

O ?!

"SI

icated orse-

e|2

3:

o

h

eS

18 IS

5

|IP.

^^^

Yasliiitia Fuji .

18%

isor.

12,320 12,320

]4 12-in.; 10 0-in. Q.F.; 20 3-pr. Q.F,

14,000

18-5

h

Shikishiiiia .

1S!18

14,850

1

b

h

Asalii . Unnamerl .

15,200 15,000

9

9

(4 12-in. Q.F.; 14 6-in. Q.F.; 20 12 pr. j QF.

5

14,500

18-5

b

Uniiaiiud .

15,000

c d

Chin-Ye)i

1SS2

7.400

14

4 12-in.; 2 5-9-in

3

6,200

14-0

r (I

Hel-Yei Kon-Go

187S

1S77

2,200 2.200

tl

\ 3 6-6-in. ; 6 5-9-in.

2,490

13-0

c d

Ping-Yen

1890

2,000

8

1 10-2-in. ; 2 5-9-in.

4

2,400

11-0

<l c

Chiyoda

1880

2,450

4i

10 4-7-in. Q.F. ; 14 3 pr, Q.F.

3

5,700

17-5

a c

Tokiwa

1898

9,750

7

]

a c

Asania

1898

9,750

7

U 8-in, Q.F.; 14 6-in. Q.F. ; 12 12 pr.( ( Q.F. /

r.

18,000

21-5

a c

Unnamed .

9,750

7

o

a c

Yakunio

9,850

►• 1

)

a (■

Aznma

_.

9,4;:;o

6

4 8-in.Q.F.; 12 6-in. Q.F. ; 12 3-in.Q.F.

5

17,000

21-0

p c

Akitsiishima

189-2

3.150

4 6-in. Q.F. ; 6 4-7-in. Q F.

4

8,400

190

P c

Hashidate .

1891

4,277

\

P <^

Itsukusliinia

1891

4,277

\ 1 12-5-in. ; 11 4-7-in. Q.F.

4

5,400

17-0

p c

JIatsushima

1890

4,277

/

pc pc

Naniwa Takachiho .

1885 1885

3,650 3,700

1 2 10-2-iu. J 6 5-9-in.

4

7,235

185

p c

Yoshiuo

1892

4,180

4 6in. Q.F. ; 8 1 7-in. Q.F.

5

15,000

23-0

P c

Chitose , j

1898

4.760

\

pc i

p '^ !

Kasat,'i Takasago

1897 1897

4,760 4,160

— j

2S-iii. Q.F. ; 10 4-7-in. Q.F.

15,500

22-5

pc

i

Unnamed .

4,160

1

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The two battleships Yashiina and Fuji, first of the class in the Japanese navy, were built in England. Dimensions : — Length 374 feet, beam 73 feet, draught 26 feet 6 inches ; armouring from 6 to 18 inches ; armament, four 12-iuch guns coupled in barbettes fore and aft, and ten 6-inch, twenty 3-pounder and four smaller quick-firers, with five torpedo tubes. Another ship of the type, but of gri^ater displacement (14,850 tons), the Shikishima, is completing at the Thames Ironworks. She is a very powerful ship, 400 feet long, with 75 feet beam, 9-inch Harvey plating, and a chief armament oi four 12-inch guns. Three other battleships of the same type have been laid down, at Elswick, Clydebank, and Barrow. All will be magnificent vessels, as good as anything afloat, and generally resembling the Majestic. Five very powerful armoured cruisers approximating to 9,750 tons are in hand at Elswick, Stettin, and Rochefort. They will be swift vessels, well armoured with Harvey steel, and carrying a very large quick-firing armament. A cruiser of the Yoshino type (4,160 tons) has been built at Elswick, and nameil the Takasago, and another is in hand. The Kasagi and Chitose have been completed in America.

The sister ships Hoshidate, If-mkusJizma, and 3fa(mshima (the first built

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