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Ship ClassHairong-class Protected Cruiser
BuilderAktien-Gesellschaft Vulcan Stettin, Germany
Laid Down12 Feb 1898
Sunk25 Aug 1937
Displacement2,680 tons standard; 2,950 tons full
Length328 feet
Beam41 feet
Draft19 feet
MachineryFour coal boilers, two turbines, two shafts
Bunkerage200-580 tons of coal
Power Output7,500 shaft horsepower
Speed19 knots
Armament3x150mm Krupp QF guns, 8x105mm Krupp QF guns, 1x60mm Krupp gun, 6x37mm Hotchkiss guns, 6x8mm Maxim machine guns, 3x360mm torpedo tubes
Armor25-70mm deck, 51mm turret shields, 38mm conning tower


ww2dbaseHaichen (sometimes romanized as Hai Shen) was built in Germany for the Chinese Navy at the cost of £163,000. In 1911, she was initially used to bombard revolutionary forces at Wuhan, Hubei Province, China, but would switch sides in Nov. Although she went through modernization in 1930, which added an anti-aircraft gun, by the time of the Second Sino-Japanese War began in 1937 she was obsolete, thus when the need rose to block the Yangtze River from Japanese use, Haichen became one of the older ships scuttled in the middle of the river at Jiangyin, Jiangsu Province, China for this purpose. She was salvaged by Communist China in 1960.

Last Major Revision: Aug 2012

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Haichen arriving at Dagu, Tianjin, China from Germany, 21 Sep 1898Chinese protected cruiser Haichen, China, circa 1920s

Haichen Operational Timeline

12 Feb 1898 Haichen was launched by AG Vulcan in Germany.
21 Sep 1898 Haichen arrived at Tianjin, China.
28 Oct 1911 Haichen fired on revolutionary forces at Wuhan, Hubei Province, China.
12 Nov 1911 The crew of Haichen switched sides at Wuhan, Hubei Province, China during the revolutionary war, declaring support for the revolutionary forces.
25 Aug 1937 Chinese light cruisers Haiqi, Hairong, Haichen, and Haichou were sunk at the mouth of the Yangtze River at Jiangyin, Jiangsu Province, China, adding more obstacles to prevent Japanese navigation.

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Haichen arriving at Dagu, Tianjin, China from Germany, 21 Sep 1898Chinese protected cruiser Haichen, China, circa 1920s

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