Zhaohe file photo [15788]


Ship ClassZhaohe-class Protected Cruiser
BuilderArmstrong-Whitworth, Elswick, England, United Kingdom
Laid Down7 Oct 1910
Launched23 Oct 1911
Commissioned23 Oct 1911
Sunk28 Sep 1937
Displacement2,750 tons standard
Length346 feet
Beam43 feet
Draft15 feet
MachineryFour cylindrical and four Yarrow boilers, four Parsons steam turbines
Bunkerage550 tons of coal
Power Output6,000 SHP
Speed20 knots
Range4,500nm at 10 knots
Armament2x152mm guns, 4x102mm guns, 6x47mm 3pdr guns, 2x37mm 1pdr guns, 2x450mm torpedo tubes
Armor2in main deck, 3in conning tower


ww2dbaseChinese protected cruiser Zhaohe (romanized via the Postal Map System as Chao Ho) was built in Britain for Qing Dynasty China at the cost of £210,000. By the time she was delivered to China, Qing had been overthrown, and the newly established republic took delivery of the ship in Mar 1912. She saw action on various sides during the 1910s and 1920s. In 1927, while in service under warlord Zhang Zuolin, she was refitted in Japan. Shortly after, she saw action against Nationalist forces during the Northern Expedition, bombarding Wusong off Shanghai and supported the occupation of Jinmen island off Fujian Province. In 1928, as Zhang Zuolin's son and successor Zhang Xueliang pledged allegiance to the Nationalist Party, Zhaohe likewise joined the navy of the Republic of China. In Jul 1933, her crew participated in the mutiny, and she found herself now under the control of the Guangdong Province warlord Chen Jitang. When the Second Sino-Japanese War began in Jul 1937, she was ordered to guard the Humen strait at the Pearl River Delta off Guangdong. On 14 Sep, she and sloop Haizhou engaged Japanese cruiser Yubari and three destroyers; damaged, her captain withdrew her from combat, which action would later condemn the captain to death. Two weeks later, also off Guangdong, she was discovered by Japanese aircraft and was sunk.

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Last Major Revision: Jan 2005

Zhaohe Operational Timeline

7 Oct 1910 The keel of protected cruiser Zhaohe was laid down by Armstrong-Whitworth at Elswick, England, United Kingdom.
23 Oct 1911 Chinese cruiser Zhaohe was launched at Elswick, England, United Kingdom.
21 Feb 1912 Zhaohe completed her trials in Britain.
5 Jan 1924 Zhaohe arrived at Qingdao, Shandong, Province, China.
31 Dec 1928 Zhaohe was recommissioned into service.
28 Sep 1937 Zhaohe was sunk by Japanese aircraft off Guangdong Province, China.


Chinese cruiser Zhaohe, date unknown

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