Iwate file photo [7058]


Ship ClassIzumo-class Armored Cruiser
BuilderArmstrong Whitworth & Co Ltd, Elswick, Newcastle upon Tyne, England, UK
Laid Down1 Nov 1898
Launched29 Mar 1900
Commissioned18 Mar 1901
Sunk26 Jul 1945
Displacement9,906 tons standard; 10,395 tons full
Length434 feet
Beam69 feet
Draft24 feet
MachineryMulti-expansion engines, 24 boilers, 2 shafts
Bunkerage1412 tons coal
Power Output14,500 shaft horsepower
Speed21 knots
Range7,000nm at 10 knots
Armament4x203mm guns, 14x152mm guns, 12x12pdr guns, 8x2.5pdr guns, 4x450mm torpedo tubes
Armor88-175mm main belt, 125mm upper belt, 67mm deck, 150mm turret, 150mm casemate, 356mm conning tower


ww2dbaseArmored cruiser Iwate was built by the British near the turn of the century. During the Russo-Japanese war, she was the flagship of Admiral Shimamura Hayao of the Second Battle Division of the 2nd Fleet; in that war, she participated in the Battle of Tsushima on 26 May 1905. During WW1, she served with the 2nd Fleet's 4th Squadron as its flagship, and escorted Allied convoys between Singapore and the Suez Canal in Egypt. On 1 Sep 1921, she was reclassified a 1st Class coastal defense vessel and operated in the Japanese home islands for the following several years. In Nov 1924, she was a part of the Japanese naval delegation sent to Brazil to participate in the ceremonies for Brazil's 100th anniversary of independence. On 1 Feb 1940, she was assigned to the 12th Squadron of the 3rd Support Fleet and acted as a training ship for the duration of the Pacific War. She was sunk by American carrier aircraft at Kure, Japan near the end of the war. Her wreck was raised in 1947 for scrapping.

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Last Major Revision: Jan 2009


Armored cruiser Iwate at Plymouth, England, United Kingdom, 1900Armored cruiser Iwate, 1902Armored cruiser Iwate as seen on a postcard commemorating the Russo-Japanese WarIwate sunken at Kure, Japan, Oct 1945; photo taken by USS Siboney aircraft

Iwate Operational Timeline

18 Mar 1901 Iwate was commissioned into service.

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