Japanese gunboat Kotaka

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Name: Kotaka
Namesake: general term of small accipitridae (example: Eurasian Sparrowhawk)[1]
Ordered: fiscal year 1929 [2]
Builder: Mitsui Engineering & Shipbuilding, Tama shipyard
Cost: 246,561 JPY [3]
Laid down: 2 September 1929
Launched: 18 January 1930
Completed: 1 November 1930
Commissioned: 1930–1944
Struck: 1944
Homeport: Shanghai
Fate: sunk by air raid on 31 May 1944
General characteristics
Type: River gunboat
Displacement: 50 tons standard
60.67 long tons (62 t) standing [4]
Length: 30.5 meters
30 m (98 ft 5 in) lpp [4]
Beam: 4.90 m (16 ft 1 in) [5]
Draught: 0.64 m (2 ft 1 in) [4]
Propulsion: 2 × Niigata Iron Works diesels, 540 bhp [4]
Speed: 15.5 knots (17.8 mph; 28.7 km/h)
Range: 1,000 nmi (1,900 km) at 10 kn (12 mph; 19 km/h) [3]
Armament: 3 × Type 92 7.7 mm machine guns [4][6] 1942: Reduced to 2 × Type 92 7.7 mm machine guns

Kotaka (小鷹?) was a river gunboat of the Imperial Japanese Navy, part of the 11th Gunboat Sentai, that operated on the Yangtze River in China during the 1930s, and during the Second Sino-Japanese War. Participated in the Battle of Wuhan, June-Sept., 1938. Participated in Battle of Madang and Battle of Jiujiang, June, 1938. Nanchang Campaign: February–May, 1939. 1942: In service as passenger ship. Sunk May 31, 1944 on the Yangtze River while serving as a communications ship.[7] The IJN official designation was 60-ton traffic ship (Motored river exclusive-Special type) (六拾瓲交通船 (内火式河用特型), 60-ton kōtsūsen (Uchibishiki kawayou-Tokugata)?).[1][4]

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ a b Daiji Katagiri, p. 489
  2. ^ JACAR A09050130100
  3. ^ a b JACAR A09050130100, p. 20–21
  4. ^ a b c d e f The Maru Special (1981), p. 37
  5. ^ JACAR C05021206200, p. 9
  6. ^ JACAR C05021645000, p. 2, p. 7
  7. ^ "Japanese Gunboats". Combinedfleet.com. Retrieved 31 May 2013. 

Bibliography[edit]

  • The Maru Special, Japanese Naval Vessels No.53, Japanese support vessels, "Ushio Shobō".  (Japan), July 1981
  • Daiji Katagiri, Ship Name Chronicles of the Imperial Japanese Navy Combined Fleet, Kōjinsha (Japan), June 1988, ISBN 4-7698-0386-9
  • "Japan Center for Asian Historical Records (JACAR)". , National Archives of Japan
    • Reference code: A09050130100, Explanatory document on addition of fiscal 1929 estimated expense in 56th Diet
    • Reference code: C05021206200, Inquiry, Response, Notification (6)
    • Reference code: C05022903500, Military Affairs 1, No. 88 June 21, 1933, Traffic ship, Kotaka
    • Reference code: C05021645000, No. 2026 June 15, 1931 Sasebo Navy Arsenal No.10-26, Establishing part of equipment for traffic ship Kotaka

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