Japanese warship Moshun

Japanese Warship Moshun

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Japanese warship Moshun

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was an iron-ribbed, wooden-hulled three-masted schooner with an auxilitary coal-fired steam engine of the Bakumatsu and early Meiji period, serving with the navy of Saga Domain, and later with the fledgling Imperial Japanese Navy.

Service under Saga Domain

Moshun Maru was built in London, England originally as the gunboat Eugenie in 1867. She was purchased by Saga Domain and handed over at Nakasaki in February 1868 where she was renamed Moshun Maru. Initially assigned to be an armed cargo vessel, she transported supplies and troops from Nagasaki to Osaka, and later the Edo in support of the Satchō Alliance in the Boshin War of the Meiji Restoration. In March 1869, she was assigned to the expedition against the last renmants of the pro-Tokugawa shogunate forces in Hokkaidō, where they had formed the Republic of Ezo. While at Miyako Bay, the expedition suffered a surprise attack by the Tokugawa naval ship . The encounter has been named the Naval Battle of Miyako Bay. She later participated in the Naval Battle of Hakodate Bay in May 1869, until the surrender of the last forces of the Republic of Ezo. However, in 1869 she also was grounded off the coast of Iwate, having been hit by a tsunami, but was later refloated.

Service under the Imperial Japanese Navy

Moshun Maru was transferred on June 3, 1868 from Saga Domain to the Meiji government and assigned to the newly formed Imperial Japanese Navy, and was renamed Moshun on July 9. She was one of the ships assigned to the......
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