Yamato (1885)

Yamato at Kobe, Japan, c.1889-90. Imperial Japanese Navy photo, in the collections of the Mikasa Memorial Museum.

Nation
Ship Class
Ship Type
Laid Down
1883
Launched
1885
Commissioned
1888
Decommissioned
1935
AD/BC
AD
History

The Japanese corvette Yamato was laid down in 1883, and commissioned in 1888. She was the second of the Katsuragi-class, with a wooden hull, and was powered by sail and steam. She never saw combat, spending her time on patrol duties during the Sino-Japanese War and Russo-Japanese War, and after 1912 was relegated to survey duties near Japan. In 1935, Yamato was converted to a prison ship and training vessel for juvenile offenders. She survived World War II, only to be swamped in Tokyo bay during a typhoon in September, 1945. Her hulk was raised and broken up in 1950.