Thursday, 25 May 2017

Japanese gunboat Yayeyama launched according to the magazine Mitteilungen aus dem Gebiete des Seewesens dated 1889 no. 1-2

An item referred to the Army and Navy Gazette reported that in January at Yokosuka, Japan the steel built gunboat Yayeyama was launched. With a displacement of 1.800 tons were her dimensions 96 x 10,5 x 4,7 (hold) metres. The horizontal triple expansion engine was to deliver 5.400 ihp allowing a speed of 20 knots. The planned armament was 3-12cm guns, 6 machineguns and 2 torpedo tubes.(1)

1. Also called corvette or unprotected cruiser because of her being so little. Designed under supervision of Emile Bertin. Building ordered under the 1885 Fiscal Year, laid down at the Yokosuka Naval Arsenal, Japan in June 1887, launched in March 1889, completed on 15 March 1890, after 1905 used as test ship in developing new boilers and broken up  and 1 April 1911.