Tsukushi (1883)

Tsukushi in Nagasaki, c.1888. Imperial Japanese Navy photo in the archives of the Mikasa Memorial Museum.

Nation
Ship Class
Laid Down
1879
Launched
1880
Commissioned
1883
Decommissioned
1906
AD/BC
AD
History

Originally built by Armstron Whitworth for the Chilean Navy, Arturo Prat was cancelled when the Chilean-Peruvian War ended. Armstrong was left with a partly finished cruiser, and Japan said "you going to finish that?" Renamed Tsukushi, she entered service in 1883, arriving in Japan on 16 June. She didn't see combat during the First Sino-Japanese War, instead patrolling between China and Korea. She was completely rearmed in 1898, and guarded Shanghai and Amoy during the Boxer Rebellion. Tsukushi patrolled the Tsushima Straits during the Russo-Japanese War, and was present for the eponymous Battle, but did not engage. She was used for torpedo training for a few months post-War, before she was decommissioned in May, 1906. Tsukushi lingered in reserve for a few years before she was scrapped in 1910.