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Yokohama Meiji 1900s Nobukuni Enami

Imperial Japanese Navy pre-dreadnought battleship Shikishima (敷島) at anchor in Yokohama, Kanagawa Prefecture for the imperial naval review on October 23, 1905 (Meiji 38) celebrating the country’s victory in the Russo-Japanese War (1904–1905).

Some 146 warships and twelve large transport vessels participated in the naval extravaganza, which became Japan’s model for fleet maneuvers.

These enormous public displays of Japan’s naval power were used to raise both national pride and naval awareness.

The Shikishima was built for Japan by British shipyards in the late 1890s. She fought in the Battles of Port Arthur, the Yellow Sea and Tsushima and served as a training ship from 1921 (Taisho 10). She was broken up for scrap in 1948 (Showa 23).

Original title: S 826 The Shikishima Japanese Flag ship and the combined fleet at Yokohama on the day of the naval review.

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