ABERDEEN BUILT SHIPS


Name
HO SHO MARU
Construction
WOOD
Type
CORVETTE
Date
1868
Description
Rig: BARQUE
Yard Number: 258

Cost: £9,328

Engine Details: Steam by screw, horizontal, direct acting, cylinder 25" with 18" stroke. 90r.p.m., 60N.H.P. 7 and one half knots.
Boiler: Number 2 tubular, 17'6" length.
Propeller: 7'2" diameter, 11' pitch.
Armament: 7" Armstrong muzzle loading gun, 5.5" Armstrong gun + two smaller guns.

20/8/1868: Trial trip.
5/9/1868: Sailed from Aberdeen for Nagasaki.
24/1/1869: Arrived at Nagasaki under the command of Captain John Henderson.

Aberdeen Herald, 22nd August 1868;
'TRIAL TRIP - The Ho-So-Maru, a new steam gunboat, built for the Japanese Government by Messrs. Hall & Co. made a trial trip in the bay on Thursday, leaving the harbour about noon, and returning again about four o'clock. The anticipations which existed regarding her speed were fully realized. For the first half hour after leaving the harbour she made eight knots an hour before the wind, and during the second half hour, nine knots. When the vessel was put about, she steamed with bare poles over seven and a half knots, in the face of a stiff breeze, although the engines were not working anything like their full power. The hopes maintained regarding her speed were thus fully met. Nothing could have exceeded the manner in which the Ho-So-Maru conducted herself, both under canvas and steam.'
Shipbuilder
A. HALL & Co., Aberdeen

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