Tongji file photo [15786]


Ship ClassTongji-class Light Cruiser
BuilderFuzhou Arsenal
Sunk11 Aug 1937
Displacement1,900 tons standard
Length253 feet
Beam34 feet
Draft16 feet
MachineryFour boilers, one shaft
Bunkerage200 tons of coal
Power Output1,600 SHP
Speed12 knots
Armament2x 152/50 guns, 5x 120/45 guns, 3x 57/40 Hotchkiss machine guns, 8x 37/23 machine guns


ww2dbaseAlthough her keel was laid down as a transport, what was to become the unprotected cruiser Tongji became a warship due to the demands of the Chinese Qing Dynasty Shanghai Flotilla. Still not yet renamed to Tongji for several more weeks, she became the first steel-hulled ship built in China. At the start of the Second Sino-Japanese War, the Chinese Navy leadership decided to block the mouth of the Yangtze River in Jiangsu Province, China to prevent the Japanese Navy from sailing up river toward the capital Nanjing. To do so, a number of ships were scuttled near the town of Jiangyin, Tongji among them.

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Tongji Operational Timeline

11 Aug 1937 Tongji was scuttled in the Yangtze River at Jiangyin, Jiangsu Province, China.


Chinese cruiser Tongji, 1929

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