Visit to the Memorial Ship Mikasa (Video)

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I recently visited the Memorial Museum of the Battleship Mikasa. I took some short videos and pictures to illustrate how was the pre-dreadnought battleship. Incidentally, it was raining that day so the sound was impressive. I wonder how hard it could be for seamen to sail with storm weather in those days.



Considered as a pre-dreadnought battleship, the Mikasa had a long history since it was built for the Imperial Japanese Navy (IJN) in the late 1890s. She was unique in her class, since and there was the only ship built with the same specifications.  She served as the flagship of Admiral Togo during the Russo-Japanese War of 1904–1905, including the Battle of Port Arthur on the second day of the war and the Battles of the Yellow Sea and Tsushima. The famous Tsushima battle was a complete and decisive victory of the IJN over the Russian Navy. Because this was the first victory of an Asian navy againts an European power, it had a great impact at that time. The Mikasa remained as one of the most famous ships in the world. Unfortunately, after finishing the war, it suffered an accident and even thought she was repaired she could only operate as a coast-defence ship during World War I and as support unit for Japanese forces during the Siberian Intervention in the Russian Civil War.

She is now fully restored as a museum ship and can be visited at Mikasa Park inYokosuka and she is proudly considered as the last remaining example of a pre-dreadnought battleship anywhere in the world.

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