Japanese Cruiser Takasago (1898)


The brand-new cruiser stops at Portsmouth on her way out to the Far East, 1898. Enlarge

Takasago was a classic Elswick cruiser, fast and heavily armed. She was built for the Japanese government on their 1896 programme and completed in May 1898. Four years later she joined the Asama in a return voyage to England to represent Japan at the coronation of Edward VII. Two years later, she joined the battle fleet for the blockade of Port Arthur in the Russo-Japanese War. During the blockade she captured the Russian freighter Manchuria, which was pressed into service as the transport Kantô Maru during the war. Takasago hit a mine and sank on December 13, 1904 with the loss of 273 officers and men.


Plans and Specifications

Specifications for the Takasago:
Dimensions: 387'10" LWL x 48'6" x 17'.   Displacement: 4,227 tons. Armament: (2) 8"/40 QF, (10) 4.7", (12) 12-pdr QF, and (6) 2½-pdr QF guns; (5) 18" torpedo tubes. Armor: Harvey type throughout. 8" gun shields: 8" front, 2.4" side; conn: 4.5", deck: 2.5" crown, 4.5" slope. Fuel capacity: 500 tons of coal std; 850 tons maximum. Propulsion: (12) coal-fired cylindrical boilers; (2) 3-cyl vertical triple expansion engines developing 15,500 hp, shafted to twin screw. Maximum speed: 23.5 kts. Crew: 425.

Dimensions: 118.2m LWL x 14.78m x 5.18m.   Displacement: 4,227 tons. Armament: (2) 203 mm QF, (10) 120 mm QF, (12) 12-pdr QF, and (6) 2½-pdr QF guns; (5) 45 cm torpedo tubes. Armor: Harvey type throughout. 203 mm gun shields: 203 mm front, 62 mm side; conn: 114 mm, deck: 63 mm crown, 114 mm slope. Fuel capacity: 500 tons of coal std; 850 tons maximum. Propulsion: (12) coal-fired cylindrical boilers; (2) 3-cyl vertical triple expansion engines developing 11,600 kW, shafted to twin screw. Maximum speed: 43.5 km/hr. Crew: 425.