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Takao (1888); Warship; Sloop

SLR1182
Ship models

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Collection Ship models, Powered warships
Gallery locationNot on display
VesselsTakao 1888
Publication(s)Ship models : their purpose and development from 1650 to the present : illustrated from the ship model collection of the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich

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Object ID SLR1182
Description Scale 1:48. A contemporary builder’s full hull model of the ‘Takao’ (1888), a Japanese armed sloop. Model is decked, fully equipped and is complete with its original and ornate ‘japanned’ display case. Measuring 231 feet in length by 34 feet in the beam and a tonnage of 1927, this composite despatch vessel was one of several small cruisers built to the great French warship designer, Emile Bertin. Armed with four 6-inch guns and two torpedo tubes, this was the first steel-hulled warship to be built in Japan and carried a crew of 222. In 1900, her armament and rig was modernized and after a period of serving as a survey ship, she was broken up in 1918. This highly decorated cased model is one of six that were presented to the Royal Naval College, Greenwich, by the Japanese Government in 1910, (see SLR1377, et al) in appreciation for the training of their naval officers.
Date made circa 1888

Artist/Maker Unknown
Place made Yokosuka Naval Yard, Japan
Credit National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London.
Materials brass; cotton; gold; metal; paint; silk; silver; varnish; wood
Measurements Overall model and base: 747 x 2158 x 905 mm; Original case: 1155 x 2024 x 773 mm
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