Russian frigate Diana
The wreckage of Diana, Illustrated London News, 1856.
|Fate:||Sank in December 1854|
|Class and type:||Frigate|
Putyatin's fleet was damaged in a tsunami, following the powerful Ansei-Tōkai earthquake of 23 December 1854. Diana sank in the bay of Miyajima-mura (宮島村) (modern Fuji-shi, 富士市) while sailing from Shimoda to Heda for repairs.
Three hundred Japanese carpenters worked with the Russian sailors to build a Western-style ship in two months, with the help of plans salvaged from Diana. They eventually built a two-masted schooner, named Heda, displacing 100 tons, with a length of 24 metres (79 ft). The ship was named in honour of the Japanese city that helped with its construction.
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