Fushimi-class gunboat

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Japanese gunboat Fushimi 1939.jpg
Fushimi, the lead ship of her class, at Osaka, in July 1941.
Class overview
Name: Fushimi
Operators: Imperial Japanese Navy
Completed: 2
General characteristics
  • 304 tonnes (299 long tons; 335 short tons) standard weight
  • 368 tonnes (362 long tons; 406 short tons) full load.
Length: 48.5 m (159 ft)
Draught: 1.26 m (4 ft 2 in)
Speed: 17 knots (31 km/h; 20 mph)
  • 1 x 8 centimetres (3.1 in) anti-aircraft gun
  • 2 x 25 millimetres (0.98 in) machine guns

Fushimi class gunboats (伏見型砲艦, Fushimi-gata hōkan) were a class of riverine gunboats of the Imperial Japanese Navy. The class consisted of two ships, Fushimi (伏見) and Sumida (隅田).[1]

Design and armament[edit]

The Fushimi class were 48.5 metres (159 ft) long, and had a draft of 1.26 metres (4 ft 2 in).[2] The class weighed 304 tonnes (299 long tons; 335 short tons) at standard weight, 344 tonnes (339 long tons; 379 short tons) at trial weight, and 368 tonnes (362 long tons; 406 short tons) at full weight;[1] the class was propelled by a turbine powered, oil fired engine, which generated 2,200 shaft horsepower (1,600 kW), giving them a top speed of 17 knots (31 km/h; 20 mph). Both ships were armed with one 8 centimetres (3.1 in) anti-aircraft gun, and two 2.5 millimetres (0.098 in) machine guns.[3]

Operational history[edit]

Both ships, Fushimi and Sumida, were laid down in 1939, and were completed in 1939 and 1940, respectively.[3]




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