was one of eight Russian pre-dreadnought battleships
captured by the Imperial Japanese Navy
from the Imperial Russian Navy
during the Russo-Japanese War
Three obsolete Admiral-Ushakov Class
armored warships, re-classed as a coastal defence ships
by the Imperial Russian Navy
's Baltic Fleet
were selected to form part of Admiral Nikolai Nebogatov
's Third Pacific Squadron
which was sent out to reinforce Admiral Zinovy Rozhestvensky
on his journey to the Far East during the Russo-Japanese war
. Although not considered suitable for such a voyage, the Admiralty insisted on including, Admiral Ushakov
, General-Admiral Graf Apraxin
, and Admiral Senyavin
to bolster their force.
At the Battle of Tsushima on 28 May 1905, Admiral Ushakov was sunk and General-Admiral Graf Apraxin with her sister ship Admiral Senyavin were captured as prizes of war. .
Admiral Senyavin became the Mishima and General Admiral Graf Apraksin was commissioned into the Japanese Navy as the 2nd class Coastal Defense Vessel Okinoshima. Okinoshima was named for the small island of Munakata, Fukuoka prefecture, which is the site of a famous Shinto shrine, and which is also geographically close to the location of the Battle of Tsushima.
was part of the Japanese Second Fleet
in World War I
, participating in the Battle of Tsingtao
against the Imperial German Navy
On 1 April 1921, Okinoshima was re-classified as a submarine tender. Okinoshima was decommissioned on 1 April 1922. It was sold as scrap in 1924 to a private firm, which transformed it into a memorial ship located at Tsuyazaki, Fukuoka, commemorating the Japanese victory at the Battle of Tsushima. It was severely damaged in storms in 1939, and scrapped shortly thereafter.
The battleship Okinoshima should not be confused with the Pacific War era minelayer of the same name.
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