Haichou file photo [15805]


Ship ClassHairong-class Protected Cruiser
BuilderAktien-Gesellschaft Vulcan Stettin, Germany
Launched11 Dec 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


ww2dbaseHaichou was built in Germany for the Chinese Navy at the cost of £163,000. In 1911, she was initially used to bombard revolutionary forces at Wuhan, Hubei Province, China, but would switch sides in Nov. In 1926, she participated in the Northern Expedition campaign, supporting Nationalist troops at Shanghai, China where she was damaged during an engagement with the Beiyang fleet. 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, Haichou 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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Haichou Operational Timeline

11 Dec 1897 Haichou was launched by AG Vulcan in Germany.
24 Aug 1898 Haichou arrived at Tianjin, China.
26 Oct 1911 Haichou fired on revolutionary forces at Wuhan, Hubei Province, China.
28 Oct 1911 Haichou fired on revolutionary forces at Wuhan, Hubei Province, China.
14 Nov 1911 At Wuhan, Hubei Province, China, Captain Huang Zhongying of protected cruiser Haichou switched sides in the Chinese revolution, declaring support for the revolutionaries.
20 Nov 1911 Haichou fired on the Qing troop concentration at the railroad station at Wuhan, Hubei Province, China, destroying 5 trains and killing many.
14 Mar 1926 Haichou supported Nationalist troops at Shanghai, China during the Northern Expedition campaign.
27 Mar 1926 Haichou was damaged by Beiyang warships off Wusong, Shanghai, China, which caused 9 killed and 10 to 20 wounded.
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.


Torpedomen of Haichou at work, date unknownChinese protected cruiser Haichou, date unknown

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