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CHIANG KUNG river gunboats (1909)

Chiang Kung 1909

Name No Builder Laid down Launched Comp Fate
江坤 <Chiang Kung>   Whampoa, Canton 1908 1909 3/1909 sunk 10/1938
<Chiang Chi>   Whampoa, Canton 1908 1909 3/1909 lost 1938?
口 <Chiang Ku>   Whampoa, Canton 1908 1909 3/1909 lost 1938?
江泰 <Chiang Tai>   Whampoa, Canton 1908 1909 3/1909 presumably sunk 26/9/1937

 

Displacement standard, t

160

Displacement full, t

200

Length, m

44.0

Breadth, m

6.00

Draught, m

1.60 mean 2.30 max

No of shafts

2

Machinery

VTE, 1 boiler

Power, h. p.

500

Max speed, kts

14

Fuel, t

 
Endurance, nm(kts)  

Armament

1 x 1 - 76/40 Armstrong N, 4 x 1 - 7.7/87

Complement

62

Ship project history: A class was built at Hong Kong in 1908-1909, assembled in Canton, assemblage was completed in March, 1909. On construction they were close to British river gunboats of the beginnings of XX century. First Chinese ships equipped with radio. On Canton dialect names were read as Kiang Kung, Kiang Tai, Kiang Chin, Kiang Ku. Probably Chiang Chi in 1920s was renamed Lung Shan.

Modernizations: by 1936, all: - 3 x 1 - 7.7/87; + 1 x 1 - 76/40 12pdr Armstrong QF, 1 x 1 - 40/39 2pdr QF Mk II

Naval service: Chiang Kung in October, 1938 was sunk by Japanese aircraft at Canton (Guangzhou); fate of remaining ships is unknown. Probably, Chiang Tai was sunk by Japanese aircraft at Canton 26/9/1937. It is probable also, that not all ships of class remained in service by 1937.

Ivan Gogin, 2011-14