Fuji (1896)

A Japanese postcard depicting Fuji at anchor, c.1908. Original in the collection of the Kure Maritime Museum.

Nation
Ship Class
Laid Down
1894
Launched
1896
Commissioned
1897
Decommissioned
1922
AD/BC
AD
History

Ordered from the Thames Iron Works, Fuji was laid down 1 August, 1894, and commissioned almost exactly three years later on the 8th. Before heading for Japan, Fuji participated in Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee Fleet Review, celebrating the 60th year of her reign. Most of her light guns were replaced in 1901 with heavier models. Fuji was heavily engaged in the Russo-Japanese War, fighting in the Battles of Port Arthur, the Yellow Sea, and Tsushima. She was lightly damaged in the first and last of these, and is credited with firing the shot that finished off the Russian battleship Borodino at Tsushima. In 1910, Fuji was reclassified as a training ship, and served as such, even after decommissioning and disarming in 1922. Between 1923 and 1945, Fuji served as both a training and a barracks ship. She capsized at Yokosuka post-war, as a prolonged result of an American air raid several months prior, and was scrapped in 1948.