THE ASAMA in YOKOHAMA HARBOR -- Waiting for Emperor Meiji to Board

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    As the photo above was being taken, the crew was preparing to be boarded by Emperor Mutsuhito --- now called Emperor Meiji --- as part of a Naval Review during the Russo-Japan War.

    The ship is one of Japan's greatest Cruisers of old, and was designed and built in the UK.

    "......Two Asama class cruisers were purchased from Armstrong Whitworth. They proved to have the longest operational life of any vessels in the Imperial Japanese Navy. Both were scrapped after the end of World War II.

    Ordered in 1897, launched 22 March 1898, and completed 18 March 1899, the Asama participated in the Boxer Rebellion, Russo-Japanese War and World War I. It later served as a training ship, and stripped of its weaponry, as a floating barracks. It survived World War II, and was scrapped in 1947....."

    en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Asama_class_cruiser

    The two ships were the ASAMA, and the TOKIWA. The above photo shows the ASAMA

    This hand-tinted silver print is by T. ENAMI, and was originally photographed as a stereoview ca.1904-05 during the Russo-Japan War. If I may brag on Enami's behalf, this is one of the better portraits of the ship you will find on the Web. Nice detailing on the flags, too !

    T. ENAMI'S flickr Collection is seen here : www.flickr.com/photos/24443965@N08/collections/7215761388...

    For more on the photographer himself see : www.t-enami.org/

    ggaabboo, only1tanuki, mattrulez, and 6 other people added this photo to their favorites.

    1. Spaudo [deleted] 104 months ago | reply

      Hi, I'm an admin for a group called AQUELLOS MAGNÍFICOS NAVIOS, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

    2. Martyn61 104 months ago | reply

      Stunning were do you get these wonderful photos from keep it up

    3. Okinawa Soba (Rob) 104 months ago | reply

      Hi Marty. Glad you like it. I've had these in a box sitting around for many years. Where did I get all of these ? Go here and scroll down to section (2) where I lay it all out : www.flickr.com/people/24443965@N08/

      But basically, I got most of them during business travels, poking around old photo shows, and from collector friends and contacts around the world as we traded and dealed. Those days are long gone as I'm on to other things. I'd like to write a book about T. Enami, though....

    4. Two Sexy SeaShells 104 months ago | reply

      Fascinating old ships, I love your very interesting historical photostream!!

    5. Okinawa Soba (Rob) 104 months ago | reply

      Thanks ! Come back any time !

    6. PBY 104 months ago | reply

      I would like a lot to read a book about T.Enami wrote by you.

    7. Tailothebank 104 months ago | reply

      Terrific image!

    8. Okinawa Soba (Rob) 104 months ago | reply

      Glad you like it !

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