Hairong file photo [15797]


Ship ClassHairong-class Protected Cruiser
BuilderAktien-Gesellschaft Vulcan Stettin, Germany
Launched15 Sep 1897
Sunk25 Aug 1937
Displacement2,680 tons standard; 2,950 tons full
Length328 feet
Beam41 feet
Draft19 feet
MachineryFour coal boilers, two turbines, two shafts
Bunkerage200-580 tons of coal
Power Output7,500 SHP
Speed19 knots
Armament3x150mm Krupp QF guns, 8x105mm Krupp QF guns, 1x60mm Krupp gun, 6x37mm Hotchkiss guns, 6x8mm Maxim machine guns, 3x360mm torpedo tubes
Armor25-70mm deck, 51mm turret shields, 38mm conning tower


ww2dbaseHairong (romanized via the Postal Map System as Hai Yung) was the lead ship of her class of protected cruisers built in Germany for the Chinese Navy at the cost of £163,000. In 1906, she embarked on a six-month tour in Southeast Asia visiting Chinese communities. In 1911, she was initially used to bombard revolutionary forces at Wuhan, Hubei Province, China, but would switch sides in Nov. Although she went through modernization in 1930, which added an anti-aircraft gun, by the time of the Second Sino-Japanese War began in 1937 she was obsolete, thus when the need rose to block the Yangtze River from Japanese use, Hairong became one of the older ships scuttled in the middle of the river at Jiangyin, Jiangsu Province, China for this purpose.

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Last Major Revision: Aug 2012

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Hairong Operational Timeline

15 Sep 1897 Hairong was launched by AG Vulcan in Germany.
27 Jul 1898 Hairong arrived at Tianjin, China.
25 Aug 1937 Chinese light cruisers Haiqi, Hairong, Haichen, and Haichou were sunk at the mouth of the Yangtze River at Jiangyin, Jiangsu Province, China, adding more obstacles to prevent Japanese navigation.


Chinese protected cruiser Hairong, circa early 1900s; note all-black paintChinese protected cruiser Hairong and Japanese battleship Mikasa in Vladivostok, Russia, late 1917Chinese protected cruiser Hairong, 1912-1928Chinese protected cruiser Hairong, date unknown
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