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YOSHINO protected cruiser (1893)

Yoshino 1893

Name No Builder Laid down Launched Comp Fate
吉野 <Yoshino>   Armstrong, Elswick, UK 2/1892 20/12/1892 30/9/1893 collision 15/5/1904

  

Displacement normal, t

4150

Displacement full, t

 

Length, m

109.7 pp 118.3 oa

Breadth, m

14.2

Draught, m

5.18

No of shafts

2

Machinery

VTE, 12 cylindrical boilers

Power, h. p.

15750

Max speed, kts

22.5

Fuel, t

coal 1000

Endurance, nm(kts) 4000(10)

Armour, mm

Harvey steel - deck: 45 with 114mm slopes, shields: 114, CT: 76

Armament

4 x 1 - 152/40 Armstrong W, 8 x 1 - 120/40 Armstrong R, 22 x 1 - 47/40 3pdr Hotchkiss Mk I, 5 - 350 TT (1 bow, 4 beam)

Complement

385

Ship project history: The Yoshino was built to an improved design of the Argentinian 25 de Mayo prepared by Sir Philip Watts. When completed she was the fastest cruiser afloat, and with her powerful armament of well-sited QF guns was unmatched for her size. Two of the 152mm were sited on the keel line fore and aft, while the other two were on beam sponsons on the upper deck, just aft of the bridge. The 120mm were sited in beam sponsons on the upper deck.

Ship protection: Protective deck had 45mm flat and 114-89mm slopes. 152mm guns were protected by 114mm shields, 120mm by 51mm. CT had 76mm sides.

Modernizations: None.

Naval service: The Yoshino, with her QF guns, played a significant part in the Japanese victory at the Battle of the Yalu, the new Elswick QF guns, although lighter, proving far superior to heavier pieces with a slow rate of fire and poor ammunition. Yoshino was rammed and sunk by the armoured cruiser Kasuga on 15 May 1904 after taking part in the bombardment of Port Arthur.

Yoshino

 

Ivan Gogin, 2014