Musashi (1886)

Musashi, moored at Kobe, c.1897. Photo in the collection of the Mikasa Memorial Museum.

Nation
Ship Class
Ship Type
Laid Down
1884
Launched
1886
Commissioned
1887
Decommissioned
1928
AD/BC
AD
History

Laid down 1 October, 1884, Musashi was one of the Katsuragi-class corvettes. Commissioned 9 February, 1887, Musashi saw action in the First Sino-Japanese War, patrolling the Korean coast, and observing the Battle of the Yalu from the reserve fleet. After the war, she was reclassified as a gunboat, and ran aground on a sandbar in 1902. After repairs, Musashi went on to see guard duty at Hakodate during the Russo-Japanese War. After refitting again in 1907, she was reclassified as a second-class coastal patrol vessel, and used for training duty for the next decade. In 1922, Musashi was converted for use as a survey ship. Removed from the Navy List in 1928, Musashi was designated Hulk No. 5 and used as a prison ship for juvenile convicts at Odawara until 1935, when she was broken up.