Friday, 28 July 2017

Japanese navy ordered building of battleships in England according to the Dutch magazine Machineblad dated 1903-1904 no. 5

An item referred to the magazine le Yacht reporting that Japan ordered in England the building of 3 battleships of the King Edward VII ton design with a displacement of 16.000 tons, a horsepower of 18.000 ihp and a speed of 18,25 miles.(1) Next year was in Japan to be started with the building of 3-.11.000 ton protected cruisers and a speed of 22,5 miles and 2-5.000 ton protected cruisers.

1. The last pre-dreadnought battleships built in England were the Kashima and Katori, part of the Katori-class, preceded by the by Vickers, England in 1899-1902 built Mikasa and succeeded by the in Japan built Satsuma-class battleships. The Katori-class battleships were indeed an improved-modified British King Edward VII-class battleships with a displacement of 16.206-16.646 tons. Katori laid down by Vickers, Barrow-in-Furness on 27 April 1904, launched on 4 July 1905, completed on 20 May 1906 and finally sold to be broken up in April 1924 and the Kashima laid down by Armstrong, Elswick, England on 29 February 1904, launched on 22 March 1905, completed on 23 May 1906 and broken up between 1924-1925.