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Battleships Sagami and Suwo: Imperial Japanese Navy (November 1908)

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Crimist avatar Crimist
Level 19 : Journeyman Architect
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Built using Minecraft Java Edition 1.18.2

General Characteristics
Normal Displacement (Real World)Sagami: 13,810 Long tons (14,032 t), Suwo: 13,320 Long tons (13,534 t)
Hull Length132 Blocks Long (excluding extensions)
Hull Beam21 Blocks Wide (excluding extensions)
Draft8 Blocks High
Speed (Real World)18 Knots Maximum
Crew Complement (Real World)Around 790 Officers and Crewmen
Armaments4x 10-inch guns in two twin turrets
10x 6-inch guns in single mounts
8x 3-inch guns (up to 16 guns in wartime)
2x 18-inch torpedo tubes (submerged)


History up to November 1908:

SAGAMI:

Originally the Russian Battleship Peresvet and lead ship of a class of three pre-dreadnought battlehips of the Imperial Russian Navy. She was built by Baltic Works in Saint Petersburg. Laid down on 21st November 1895, launched on 19th May 1898, and entered service around August 1901. She was named after Alexander Peresvet, an Orthodox Monk from the 14th Century. After entering service, the ship was sent to the Far East and became the Flagship of Rear Admiral Pavel Ukhtomsky who is the second in command of the First Pacific Squadron.

At the start of the Russo-Japanese War (1904-1905), the ship was present at Port Arthur when the Imperial Japanese Navy attacked on 9th February 1904, she received only minimal damage during the engagement. Two months later, she was present at the Action of 13th April where the Japanese lured part of the Russian Fleet into a Fleet Engagement. The action was brief as the Russians turned back to Port Arthur but the Flagship Petropavlovsk struck a mine and sunk, killing the Commander of the First Pacific Squadron, Vice Admiral Stepan Makarov and 676 others.

An attempt to reach Vladivostok was made on 23rd June but the new fleet Commander, Rear Admiral Wilhelm Vitgeft, after seeing the Japanese Fleet, decided not to continue and ordered the Fleet to return back to Port Arthur. A second attempt was made on 10th August that culminated in the Battle of the Yellow Sea (10th August 1904). During the battle, Rear Admiral Vitgeft was killed aboard the Flagship Tsesarevich. The Battleship Retvizan charged the Japanese Line, followed shortly by the Peresvet in order draw gunfire away from the Flagship. Afterwards, Rear Admiral Ukhtomsky ordered the fleet to return back to Port Arthur.

During the Siege of Port Arthur, the First Pacific Squadron was stripped out of men and naval guns to fight on land. Between September and October, Peresvet was shelled by Japanese Land based Artillery from a hill overlooking the harbor. On 7th December, she was scuttled by her own crew and sunk in shallow waters. The ship was refloated by the Japanese on 29th June 1905 and was towed to Sasebo Naval Arsenal. She was renamed as Sagami and sent to Yokosuka Naval Arsenal for repairs. She was present at the October Naval Review along with the other former Russian ships captured during the war.

Repairs on Sagami were completed by July 1908. Changes on the ship include the removal of the fighting tops, replacement of most of its original armaments, and crew size increase. She was present at the visit of the United States Navy's Great White Fleet to Japan on October 1908, as well as the annual Fleet Maneuvers that concluded at the Imperial Naval Review on 17th November. The ship was part of the 1st Division of the 1st Fleet under Vice Admiral Baron Goro Ijuin. The commanding officer of the ship is Captain Mitsukane Tsuchiya from the 12th class of the Imperial Naval Academy who commanded the ship since 20th April 1908.


SUWO:

Originally the Russian Peresvet-class pre-dreadnought Battleship Pobeda of the Imperial Russian Navy. She was built by Baltic Works in Saint Petersburg. Laid down on 21st February 1899, launched on 10th May 1900, and entered service around October 1902. Upon completion, she was sent to Port Arthur in the Far East and was assigned to the First Pacific Squadron.

On the night of 8th February 1904, the Japanese launched a surprise attack on Port Arthur. Pobeda was not hit in this attack and was present at the battle the following morning where she was lightly damaged. On 22nd March, she fired her guns on the Japanese Battleship Fuji when the latter was bombarding Port Arthur from Pigeon Bay. On 13th April, Pobeda struck a mine while returning to Port Arthur right after the flagship Petropavlovsk lost to another mine. She was able to steam back to port for repairs that lasted for two months. On 10th August, the Russian Fleet attempted to reach Vladivostok but was spotted by the Japanese and the two fleets engaged in what would be later known as the Battle of the Yellow Sea. During the battle, the flagship Tsesarevich was hit and stopped in front of the moving battle line which forced the following ships, including Pobeda, to avoid collision with the flagship.

At the Siege of Port Arthur, the ship was hit multiple times by the Japanese using land based artillery but could not damage the ship significantly. On 7th December 1904, the ship was hit thirty times by a more powerful 11-inch siege gun that sank the ship in the shallow waters of the harbor. After the war, the ship was refloated by the Japanese and renamed Suwo on 25th October 1905. She was reconstructed at Yokosuka Naval Arsenal from May 1906 to October 1908.

During her reconstruction, her fighting tops were removed in order to improve stability. Her entire armaments were also replaced and her crew was increased to 790 officers and enlisted men. The ship was recommissioned in time to participate in the Fleet Maneuvers and the Imperial Naval Review on 17th November. She was part of the 3rd Division of the 1st Fleet under Vice Admiral Hikohachi Yamada. The commanding officer of the ship is Captain Sango Obana from the 11th class of the Imperial Naval Academy who commanded the ship since 1st September 1908.


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Hi there, my name is Crimist!

This is part of my project called “Imperial Japanese Navy (November 1908)”. In this project, I build warships of the Imperial Japanese Navy present in the Imperial Naval Review held at Kobe, Japan from November 17 to 18, 1908. The first part of this project will consist of Capital Grade Warships. I hope you will like this build.

You can add me on Discord: “Crimist#7427” for more details about this project.

I hope you support this project as well as my other concurrent project called “Project Starfleet 2263” by simply giving Diamonds or Hearts. Anyways, thanks again for the support and see you on my next build!
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