Sunday, January 18, 2009

battleship ijn Mikasa

plan of battleship ijn Mikasa

ship model photos

ijn Mikasa is a Imperial Japanese Navy pre-Dreadnought battleship,made in Britain in 1900. Mikasa, was ordered from the Vickers shipyard in Barrow-in-Furness, United Kingdom at the end of 1898, for delivery to Japan in 1902. She took three years to complete, at the great cost of £880,000 (8.8 million yen).
She served as the flagship of Admiral Tōgō Heihachirō during the Battle of Tsushima in 1905, as well as several other engagements during the Russo-Japanese War.
At the time of her delivery, Mikasa was a state-of-the-art pre-dreadnought battleship, achieving an unprecedented combination of firepower and protection.adapted from british latest Majestic class design, with increased displacement (15,140 tonnes against 14,900), improved speed (18 knots against 17), slightly stronger armament (two more 6 inch guns), and much stronger armour: she kept the same armour thicknesses but used high performance Krupp armour, around 50% stronger compared to the Harvey armour used by the Majestic class.

At Tsushima, Mikasa led the combined Japanese fleet into one of the most decisive naval battles in history. The Russian fleet was almost completely annihilated:she received around 20 hits during the battle of the Yellow Sea on 10 August 1904, and around 30 hits during the battle of Tsushima, with only limited damage. The firepower and the longer range of the guns of Mikasa were also fully exploited by highly trained and effective Japanese gunners.
Displacement: 15,140 tons
Length: 131.67 metres
Beam: 23.23 metres
Draft: 8.28 metres
Propulsion: Two Shaft Reciprocating VTE steam engine; 25 boilers, 15,000 shp
Speed: 18.25 knots (33.8 km/h)
Range: 7,000 nautical miles @10 knots
Complement: 860
Armament: 4 × 12inch (305 mm)main guns
14 × QF 6 inch (152 mm) guns
20 × 3-inch (76 mm) guns


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