Naval Battle of Miyako Bay

Naval Battle Of Miyako Bay

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Naval Battle of Miyako Bay

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The was a naval action on 1869-05-06 (March 25 by the lunar calendar). It was part of the overall Battle of Hakodate at the end of the Boshin War.


After the remnants of the Bakufu army loyal to the former Tokugawa shogunate refused to surrender to the new Meiji government in the Battle of Ueno and Battle of Aizu, they fled north to occupy the island of Hokkaidō and established the Republic of Ezo. The navy of the Imperial forces also moved north to support the eventual invasion of Hokkaidō.

The Imperial navy departed Tokyo on 1869-03-09, and reached the harbor of Miyako, north of Sendai, on March 20. The government fleet had been rapidly constituted around the French-built ironclad warship Kōtetsu, which had been purchased from the United States. Other ships included Kasuga, Hiryū, Teibo, Yoshun, and Moshun, which had been supplied by the domains of Saga, Chōshū and Satsuma to the new central government in 1868. There were altogether 8 Imperial ships: Kōtetsu, Kasuga, 3 small corvettes and 3 transport ships.

Anticipating the arrival of the Imperial fleet, the rebels organized a plan to seize the revolutionary new warship Kōtetsu, and dispatched three warships...
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