Thursday, 4 May 2017

New torpedoes tested for Japanese battleship Kongo to the Dutch magazine Marineblad dated 1913-1914 no. 6


Haruna of the Kongo-class

An item reported that according the Dutch department of navy an earlier item published in the Marineblad dated 1 October dealing with a torpedo with a speed of 48 miles was nonsense.(1) At Weymouth, England however was a 53cm torpedo launched with on 3,5 kilometres distance had a speed of 48 miles and on 10 kilometres sill 25,5 miles. It was a 4 cylinder torpedo with water injection comparable with the Dutch future 45cm torpedo although in details divergent.

1. Claimed was that Whitehead torpedoes were tested with a speed of 48 miles and a range of 11 kilometres with which the Kongo was to be fitted out. Of the Kongo-class consisting of the Kongo, Haruna, Hiei and Kirishima. Laid down at Vickers, Barrow-in-Furness, United Kingdom on 17 January 1911, launched on 18 May 1912, completed on 16 August 1913, In 1924, 1927-1928 modernized and reconstructed September 1929-31 March 1931 reconstructed into a battleship, after modernizing 1 June 1935-8 January 1937 was she a classified as a fast battleship  and torpedoed and sunk by the American submarine USS Sealion around 55 nautical miles north west of Keelung after entering Formosa Strait 1 day earlier on 21 November 1944. Designed by the British naval engineer George Thurston.