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PEOPLE`S LIBERATION ARMY NAVY (PEOPLE`S REPUBLIC OF CHINA)

AIRCRAFT CARRYING SHIPS

CHEN HAI gunboat - seaplane tender (1904/1927)

Name No Builder Laid down Launched Comp Fate
鎮海區 <Chen Hai> (ex-Siang Lee)   Bremerhaven, Germany   1904 1904 // 1927 scuttled 25/12/1937

 

Displacement standard, t

2700

Displacement full, t

3000

Length, m

77.2

Breadth, m

11.4

Draught, m

4.00

No of shafts

1

Machinery

VTE, 1 boiler

Power, h. p.

136

Max speed, kts

 

Fuel, t

 
Endurance, nm(kts)  

Armament

1 x 1 - 152/50 Armstrong WW, 4 x 1 - 76/50 Armstrong 14pdr QF, 3 seaplanes

Complement

 

Ship project history: Former merchantman Siang Lee (or Hsiang Lee), built in 1904 at Bremerhaven. In September, 1924 she was bought by Chinese "Chingkee Steamship Co" for Northern squadron; she was converted on Japanese shipyard at Port Arthur to auxiliary gunboat (armed by field guns) and renamed Chen Hai. In 1927 ship was rearmed by naval guns and adapted for carrying 2-3 seaplanes.

Modernizations: None.

Naval service: 25/12/1937 Chen Hai was scuttled at Tsingtao.

Ivan Gogin, 2011-14