|Japanese corvette Musashi|
|Ordered:||1883 Fiscal Year|
|Builder:||Yokosuka Naval Arsenal, Japan|
|Laid down:||1 October 1884|
|Launched:||30 March 1886|
|Commissioned:||9 February 1887|
|Struck:||1 April 1928|
|Class & type:||Katsuragi-class corvette|
|Displacement:||1,476 long tons (1,500 t)|
|Length:||62.78 m (206 ft 0 in)|
|Beam:||10.7 m (35 ft 1 in)|
|Draft:||4.6 m (15 ft 1 in)|
Horizontally-mounted reciprocating engine, 1,622 hp (1,210 kW)|
6 boilers, 1 shaft
|Sail plan:||Barque-rigged sloop|
|Speed:||13 knots (15 mph; 24 km/h)|
|Range:||145 tons coal|
• 2 × 170 mm (6.7 in) Krupp breech-loading guns|
• 5 120 mm (4.7 in) guns
• 1 × 80 mm (3.1 in) gun
• 4 × 25 mm (0.98 in) quadruple Nordenfelt guns
• 2 × 380 mm (15 in) torpedo tubes
Musashi (武蔵 Masashi ) was the third and final vessel in the Katsuragi-class of three wooden-hulled, sail-and-steam corvettes of the early Imperial Japanese Navy. It was named for Musashi province, a former province of Japan located in the Kantō region. The name was used again for the more famous World War II battleship Musashi.
History[edit | edit source]
Musashi was designed as an iron-ribbed, wooden-hulled, three-masted barque-rigged sloop with a coal-fired double expansion reciprocating steam engine with four boilers driving a single screw. Her basic design was based on experience gained in building the Kaimon and the Hiei-class screw sloops, but was already somewhat obsolescent in comparison to contemporary European warships when completed.
Musashi was laid down at Yokosuka Naval Arsenal on 1 October 1884, launched on 30 March 1886 and commissioned on 9 February 1887.
On 21 March 1898, Musashi was re-designated a third-class gunboat, and was used for coastal survey and patrol duties.
During the Russo-Japanese War, Musashi served as a guard ship in Hakodate harbor. On 28 August 1912, she was reclassified a second class coastal patrol vessel, but was used primarily for training duties. On 1 April 1922, she was officially re-designated a survey vessel, and her armament was replaced by two 8-inch guns. Musashi was retired on 1 April 1928, and was broken up for scrap in 1935.
References[edit | edit source]
- Chesneau, Roger and Eugene M. Kolesnik (editors), All The World's Fighting Ships 1860-1905, Conway Maritime Press, 1979 reprinted 2002, ISBN 0-85177-133-5
- Jentsura, Hansgeorg (1976). Warships of the Imperial Japanese Navy, 1869-1945. Naval Institute Press. ISBN 0-87021-893-X.
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- Nishida, Hiroshi. "Materials of IJN". Imperial Japanese Navy. http://homepage2.nifty.com/nishidah/e/stc0615.htm. Retrieved 2007-09-03.
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