Yingrui file photo [15790]


Ship ClassZhaohe-class Protected Cruiser
BuilderVickers Limited, Barrow-in-Furness, England, United Kingdom
Laid Down12 Dec 1910
Launched14 Jul 1911
Commissioned2 Dec 1911
Sunk23 Oct 1937
Displacement2,460 tons standard
Length344 feet
Beam39 feet
Draft13 feet
MachineryTwo cylindrical and four White-Foster boilers, three-shaft Parsons steam turbines
Bunkerage600 tons of coal, 50 tons of oil
Power Output6,000 shaft horsepower
Speed20 knots
Range5,000nm at 10 knots
Armament2x152mm guns, 4x102mm guns, 4x76mm guns, 6x47mm guns, 2x37mm anti-aircraft guns, 2x450mm torpedo tubes
Armor19-25mm main deck, 37mm steering gear, 76mm conning tower


ww2dbaseChinese protected cruiser Yingrui (romanized via the Postal Map System as Ying Swei) was built in Britain for Qing Dynasty China at the cost of £204,000. When she was completed in Dec 1911, Qing Dynasty had been overthrown, and the newly established republic claimed the ship. The combination of a coal strike in Britain, political tension in Europe, and the financial instability of a new nation caused a delay in the actual delivery, which did not take place until Apr 1913. Her first commanding officer was Yang Jinxiu. She was the smallest of the British-built Zhaohe-class protected cruisers. In 1920, she was assigned to a training squadron based in the Chinese capital of Nanjing. In 1927, she supported the Nationalist occupation troops at Shanghai, China during the Northern Expedition campaign. At the start of the Second Sino-Japanese War in 1937, she was a member of the Chinese fleet stationed at Jiangyin, Jiangsu Province, China charged with blocking the Japanese naval advance up the Yangtze River. During the subsequent battle, she was damaged by Japanese aircraft on 22 Aug. As the Chinese naval forces dwindled at Jiangyin, it was decided that Yingrui's guns would better serve as land-based coastal artillery. While the weapons removal was underway, she was attacked and destroyed by Japanese carrier dive bombers from Kaga on 23 Oct; 15 were killed, 40 were wounded.

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Chinese cruiser Yingrui off Shanghai, China, 1928Chinese cruiser Yingrui, China, circa 1920sChinese cruiser Yingrui, 1929

Yingrui Operational Timeline

12 Dec 1910 The keel of Yingrui was laid down by Vickers Limited at Barrow-in-Furness, England, United Kingdom.
14 Jul 1911 Yingrui was launched in Barrow-in-Furness, England, Unite Kingdom.
2 Dec 1911 Yingrui was completed in England, United Kingdom.
5 Dec 1915 Some members of the crew of Yingrui mutinied in support of Yuan Shikai's faction; the mutiny was suppressed and Yingrui remained under Nationalist control.
14 Mar 1927 Yingrui arrived at Shanghai, China.
23 Oct 1937 Yingrui was sunk by Japanese carrier aircraft from Kaga off Jiangyin, Jiangsu Province, China; 15 were killed, 40 were wounded.

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