Battleship Mikasa

Battleship Mikasa

Battleship Mikasa : Japanese pre-dreadnought & flagship of Admiral Tōgō Heihachirō at the decisive Japanese victory over the Imperial Russian Navy at the Battle of Tsushima Straits on 27 May 1905. 

The pre-Dreadnought–IJN battleship Mikasa is now located at Yokosuka and viewable to tourists as a museum.

Built by Vickers, Barrow-in-Furness, Great Britain, Mikasa was the largest and the latest battleship of IJN, the flagship of IJN fleet chief commander Admiral Tōgō Heihachirō. during Russo-Japanese War.

While Admiral Tōgō was honored as being considered the “Nelson of the East ”, Mikasa was also considered the “HMS Victory of IJN”. 

After WW2 all of Mikasa’s gun turrets, super structures were removed under the Allies occupation. Thanks to US Naval admiral Nimitz (who highly admired Tōgō) the Japanese recovered Mikasa. She is the only pre-Dreadnought battleship preserved.

Most of the ship with the exception of the outer hull is welded sheet metal. There is no access to the twelve inch gun turrets, which are most likely just hollow replicas.

Admiral Tōgō Heihachirō of the Imperial Japanese Navy aboard his flagship IJN Mikasa at the Battle of Tsushima. Two items of interest in this painting: First, his Zeiss field glasses, which were one of only four such models in Japan at the time; Second, his sword, which he insisted on carrying. Other officers were prohibited from carrying swords and other metallic objects on the bridge lest they disturb the ship’s compass. 
She served as the flagship of Vice Admiral Tōgō Heihachirō throughout the Russo-Japanese War of 1904–1905, including the Battle of Port Arthur on the second day of the war and the Battles of the Yellow Sea and Tsushima. Days after the end of the war, Mikasa’s magazine accidentally exploded and sank the ship. She was salvaged and her repairs took over two years to complete. Afterwards, the ship served as a coast-defence ship during World War I and supported Japanese forces during the Siberian Intervention in the Russian Civil War. She was turned into a museum ship in 1922, the first battleship ever turned into a museum ship and the only Pre Dreadnought still afloat.

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