Nr. 4 in the series....and remember - by answering, you're merely encouraging me to continue posting this sort of thing. It's getting tougher, so the four answer choices are included for the faint of heart. If you're a real naval history geek, try answering WITHOUT reading the choices.
Purchased from England, fired upon by the Russians, exploded and sunk in port after the war ended, repainted in 2009 by sailors of the USS Nimitz - she is the only surviving example of a pre-dreadnought battleship. Can you name her?
Without looking it up I'll guess it's the Mikasa.
The Mikasa, she is right outside the gate in Yokosuka. TOM
y process of elimination, I would have picked the IJN Mikasa. Will look p more on it later today to broaden my horizons
Good call, gents. It is Mikasa.
Here's the (hopefully) "Interesting Information [II}" that follows the question:
"Mikasa was a "pre-dreadnought" - a battleship built before the revolutionary HMS Dreadnought prototype of 1906. She was completed for the Imperial Japanese Navy (IJN) in England, and was Admiral Togo's flagship through the entire Russo-Japanese War of 1904-05. She took part in several battles, including Tsushima Strait. Within a week of the wars' end, Mikasa exploded and sank at her Sasebo moorings. Raised, repaired, and upgraded, she served until 1923, when she was retired in accordance with the Washington Naval Treaty.
Saved from the scrapper's torch, the vessel became a national historical ship in 1926. She fell into disrepair after WWII, but was again restored and reopened in Yokosuka in 1961. As a goodwill gesture, sailors from USS Nimitz repainted the ship in 2009.
This grand old warrior has a street named in her honor (Mikasa Street) on Walney Island, Barrow-on-Furness, where she was built in 1902."
She commissioned in 1902, and is apparently in FAR better physical condition than the dreadnought USS Texas, commissioned in 1914.
You guys are good - OK...next one won't have answer choices included...you may have to SWAG it.