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AKITSUSHIMA protected cruiser (1894)


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Name No Yard No Builder Laid down Launched Comp Fate
秋津洲 [Akitsushima]     Yokosuka K K 3/1890 6/7/1892 31/3/1894 submarine depot ship 1921


Technical data


Displacement normal, t

3100

Displacement full, t3150
Length, m

91.7 pp 92.0 wl

Breadth, m

13.1

Draught, m

5.32

No of shafts

2

Machinery

2 VTE, 6 cylindrical boilers

Power, h. p.

8400

Max speed, kts

19

Fuel, t

coal 800

Endurance, nm(kts) 
Armour, mmHarvey steel - deck: 76, shields: 114
Armament

4 x 1 - 152/40 Armstrong W, 6 x 1 - 120/40 Armstrong R, 8 x 1 - 47/40 3pdr Hotchkiss Mk I, 4 - 350 TT (beam)

Complement

314



Standard scale images


<i>Akitsushima</i> 1895
Akitsushima 1895


Ship project history


Akitsushima was erected at the Yokosuka N Yd from imported materials, the design being a reduced version of the American cruiser Baltimore. Both designs were prepared by Sir William White of Armstrong's. She was not a success, proving a bad sea boat, suffering from excessive rolling, and being a poor steamer. The 152mm armament was mounted on sponsons on either beam towards the forecastle and aft towards the poop. Between the sponsoned 152mm on either broadside were two other sponsons carrying 120mm, while the remaining 120mm were sited one on the forecastle and one on the poop.

Ship protection


Protective deck had 38mm flat and 76mm slopes. Guns were protected by 114mm shields.

Modernizations


1908: boilers were replaced by 6 Miyabara.

Naval service


Akitsushima was finally removed from the operational fleet in 1921, stricken in October 1927.