Japanese battlecruiser Kurama

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Empire of Japan
Name: Kurama
Ordered: 1904 Fiscal Year
Laid down: 23 August 1905
Launched: 21 October 1907
Commissioned: 28 February 1911
Struck: 20 September 1923
Fate: Scrapped, 20 September 1923
General characteristics
Class and type: Ibuki-class battlecruiser
  • 14,636 t (14,405 long tons) (standard);
  • 15,595 t (15,349 long tons) (max)
Length: 147.8 m (484 ft 11 in)
Beam: 23 m (75 ft 6 in)
Draft: 8 m (26 ft 3 in)
Installed power: 22,500 ihp (16,780 kW)
Speed: 21.25 kn (39.36 km/h; 24.45 mph)
Range: 5,000 nmi (9,000 km; 6,000 mi) at 14 kn (26 km/h; 16 mph)
Complement: 844

Kurama (鞍馬?) was the final vessel of the two-ship Ibuki class of armored cruisers in the Imperial Japanese Navy. Kurama was named after Mount Kurama located north of Kyoto, Japan. On 28 August 1912, the Ibukis were re-classified as battlecruisers.


Ibuki was designed with geared turbine engines which promised more power and hence, more speed; however, problems with these engines led Kurama to be completed with conventional vertical triple expansion reciprocating engines. Kurama was built at Yokosuka Naval Arsenal.

Service history[edit]

Shortly after commissioning, Kurama, with Admiral Hayao Shimamura on board, was sent on a voyage to Great Britain to attend the Coronation Fleet Review for King George V at Spithead on 25 June 1911.

Kurama served in World War I as part of Japan's contribution to the Allied war effort, protecting British merchant shipping in the South Pacific, and (together with the battlecruisers Kongō and Hiei ) supporting the landings to occupy German-held Caroline Islands and Mariana Islands. In the 1920s, she was assigned to the northern fleet, covering the landings of Japanese troops in Russia during the Siberian Intervention in support of White Russian forces.

After the war, Kurama fell victim to the Washington Naval Treaty and was scrapped.


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