|Ship Class||Tongji-class Light Cruiser|
|Sunk||11 Aug 1937|
|Displacement||1,900 tons standard|
|Machinery||Four boilers, one shaft|
|Bunkerage||200 tons of coal|
|Power Output||1,600 SHP|
|Armament||2x 152/50 guns, 5x 120/45 guns, 3x 57/40 Hotchkiss machine guns, 8x 37/23 machine guns|
Contributor: C. Peter Chen
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.
Last Major Revision: Jul 2012
Tongji Operational Timeline
|11 Aug 1937Â||Tongji was scuttled in the Yangtze River at Jiangyin, Jiangsu Province, China.|
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