Chinese cruiser Hai Chi

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Hai Chi on September 11, 1911 in New York City
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Name: Hai Chi
Launched: c. 1897
Fate: Scuttled on August 12, 1937
General characteristics
Type: Cruiser
Displacement: 4,300 t (4,232 long tons)
Length: 129.3 m (424 ft)
Beam: 14.3 m (47 ft)
Draught: 6.1 m (20 ft)
Speed: 24 knots (28 mph; 44 km/h)
Complement: 476
Armament: 2 × 8in guns

Hai Chi (Chinese: 海圻; pinyin: Haiqi; literally: "Flag of the Sea") was a cruiser of the Imperial Chinese Navy. She was the largest warship in China with a displacement of 4,300 tons, and was armed with two 8 inch guns and a top speed of 24 knots.[1]

Hai Chi on September 11, 1911 in New York City


She was built in 1897.[2] On September 11, 1911 she was the first Imperial Chinese Navy vessel in American waters.[2][3][4] The ship was destroyed on August 12, 1937 when she was scuttled in the Yangtze river to block the Japanese naval advance in the Second Sino-Japanese War.[1]

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  1. ^ a b "Hai Chi of the Imperial Qing Navy". Blogger. Retrieved 2010-12-18. The Hai Chi was the largest warship of the Qing Imperial Navy; it had a displacement of 4300 tons, armed with two 8 inch guns and a speed of 24 knots. ... 
  2. ^ a b "Flag, Pearl & Peace". Time magazine. July 17, 1933. Retrieved 2010-12-18. The cruiser Hai Chi ("Flag of the Sea") earned in 1911 the distinction of being the first Chinese war boat ever to visit the West when she steamed as near as possible to the Coronation of King George V, discharged a cargo of Chinese emissaries in gorgeous silken robes. Built in 1897 the Hai Chi and the equally venerable Hai Shen ("Pearl of the Sea") were still listed last week as the only cruisers in China's Northeastern Squadron. 
  3. ^ "Chinese Cruiser Welcomed To Port. First Ship Flying the Yellow Dragon Flag to Anchor in American Waters". New York Times. September 11, 1911. Retrieved 2010-12-18. Who cruiser Hai-Chi of the Imperial Navy of China, the first vessel of any kind flying the yellow dragon flag of China that has ever been in American waters, steamed into the Hudson yesterday morning and anchored in midstream opposite the Soldiers and Sailors' Monument, at Eighty-ninth Street. 
  4. ^ "Men Of Chinese Cruiser Hai-Chi Are Entertained". Christian Science Monitor. September 12, 1911. Retrieved 2010-12-18. Officers and men of the Chinese cruiser Hai-Chi, which arrived at this port Monday, are to be given ample opportunity to see New York during their stay of 10 days here. ...