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140916-0151-PP - Japanese Ironclad Hiei

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Hiei (比叡), the second and last vessel of the Kongo-class ironclad (金剛型) corvettes built for the Imperial Japanese Navy. Built by Milford Haven Shipbuilding & Engineering Co., Pembroke Dock, Wales, she was launched on June 11, 1877 (Meiji 10) and completed in February 1878.

Hiei became a training ship in 1887 (Meiji 20), but saw active duty during the First Sino-Japanese War (1894–95), the invasion of Formosa in 1895 (Meiji 28), and the Russo-Japanese War (1904–1905). Hiei became a survey ship in 1906 (Meiji 39) and was sold for scrap in 1912 (Taisho 1).

Interestingly, Heihachiro Togo (東郷平八郎, 1848-1934) sailed on Hiei on her maiden trip from Wales to Japan.

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