Yīng Ruì (1911)

Yīng Ruì, probably in the mid-1930s. Original in the public domain.

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Laid Down

Yīng Ruì was a Chinese Zhào Hé-class protected cruiser, laid down by Vickers 12 December, 1910. Completed ten days shy of a year, Yīng Ruì was not delivered until April, 1913, due to loan negotiations. She mainly operated as a training cruiser, but between 1923 and 1927, Yīng Ruì was deployed to support efforts to curb the Warlords running amok in China. She defected to Chiang Kai-shek's side in 1927, and was back on training duty by 1933. In 1937, at the outbreak of the Second Sino-Japanese War, Yīng Ruì was stationed in the Yangtze River, and came under Japanese Navy carrier air attack in August. She was the last cruiser left afloat on that station, and was in the process of having her guns relocated ashore when she was attacked and sunk by dive bombers on 24 or 25 October.

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Note: The ship's name was 應瑞, which is transliterated to English as Yīng Ruì in the official Chinese pinyon system, or as Yīng Swei or Jing Swei using the older Wade-Giles system.