ABERDEEN BUILT SHIPS


Name
JHO SHO MARU
Construction
WOOD
Type
STEAMER
Date
1869
Description
Rig: BARQUE
Yard Number: 261

Screw-corvette built for the Japanese Navy at the order of Thomas Blake Glover (1838-1911). Launched 27th March 1869 and fitted out at Blaikie's Quay at a cost of £42,032, at her fastest sailed 264 miles in one day. Left Thurso for Nagasaki on 11th August 1869.

James Hall, the shipyard owner, died during an incident shortly after the launching of the JHO SHO MARU. The vessel was being fitted out at Provost Blaikie's Quay when a woodyard opposite caught fire and the wind threatened to set light to the ship. The vessel was saved but the excitement caused the yard's owner to drop down dead.

"JHO SHO MARU"
Japan's first warship was built in 1869 by Messrs Alexander Hall & Company, Aberdeen. Her dimensions ... Length B.P. 210'0", Breadth Extreme 38'0", Depth to Main Deck 23'0" and to Spar Deck 30'0". Fitted with round stern and ram bow and armour plated round the water line with armour plate 4 1/2" thick, five feet broad, in two breadths and having a weight of 130 tons. Propelled with a single screw and fitted with two horizontal engines, direct acting. Diameter of cylinders 53 inches and N.H.P. 280. Coal bunker capacity 280 tons. Ship rigged, iron lower masts and three lower yards and a fidding bowsprit. Carried six boats and a steam launch 36 ft. x 9 ft. x 4 ft. Equipped with 10 guns, viz:- 8-64 pounders and 2-100 pounders, all of the muzzle loading tupe, and carried 30 tons of shot. When ready for sea, with 450 tons of coal, guns, ammunition, stores, etc., her draught was 18'6" forward and aft.

The JHO SHO MARU sailed from Thurso for Nagasaki, Japan, on the 11th August, 1869.
18/12/17
W.T.S.

Shipbuilder
A. HALL & Co., Aberdeen
Dimensions
length 210' x breadth 38' x depth 23'
Gross tonnage 130 ton
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