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CHEN HAI wooden gunboats (1872-1873)

Name No Builder Laid down Launched Comp Fate
鎮海 <Chen Hai>   Foochow DYd 3/1871 28/11/1871 7/1872 stricken 1912
靖遠 <Ching Yuan>   Foochow DYd 1871 21/8/1872 1873 survey vessel 1918
振威 <Chen Wei>   Foochow DYd 1872 11/12/1872 1873 sunk 23/8/1884

 

Displacement normal, t

578

Displacement full, t

 

Length, m

49.0

Breadth, m

7.99

Draught, m

3.20

No of shafts

1

Machinery

HSE, 2 cylindrical boilers

Power, h. p.

480

Max speed, kts

10

Fuel, t

coal

Endurance, nm(kts)

 

Armament

2 x 1 - 160/16 64pdr MLR, 2 x 1 - 121/22 Armstrong 40pdr 1.32-ton BLR

Complement

70

Ship project history: Wooden-hulled fully-rigged gunboat. Chen Hai was built for Peyang fleet, Ching Yuan for Nanyang fleet and Chen Wei for Fukien fleet.

Modernizations: 1890, Chen Hai: + 2 x 1 - 121/22 Armstrong 40pdr 1.32-ton BLR

1890, Chang Yuan: - 1 x 1 - 160/16; + 2 x 1 - 121/22 Armstrong 40pdr 1.32-ton BLR

Naval service: Chen Wei was sunk by French ships 23/8/1884 in the battle at Foochow. Chen Hai since 1890s really served as torpedo depot ship. Ching Yuan served as TS since 1890s, after WWI she was converted to survey vessel and was in the fleet list in 1930s.

Ivan Gogin, 2014