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The launch of the Japanese battleship Shikshima at the Thames Ironworks.

The launch of the Japanese battleship Shikshima at the Thames Ironworks.
The launch of the Japanese battleship Shikshima at the Thames Ironworks.
© National Maritime Museum, London
Repro ID: C6851
Description: The Thames Ironworks built merchant ships and warships for many other countries. The Japanese warship 'Shikishima', launched in 1898, had a displacement of 14,850 tons and was armed with four 12-inch guns, 14 six-inch guns and five 18-inch torpedo tubes. In 1921, the 'Shikishima' was classed as a coastal defence battleship. Two years later she had her armament and machinery removed and was used as a training ship. She was finally scrapped in 1947.
Creator: Unknown
Date: 1 November 1898
Credit line: National Maritime Museum, London
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