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Oil painting by Gerald M Burn (1859-1945). British shipyards and naval personnel were instrumental in the development of the Imperial Japanese Navy as a modern fighting force in the late 19th century. The battleship 'Fuji' was built for the Japanese Navy by the Thames Ironworks & Shipbuilding Co. Its design was that of contemporary British first class battleships but with important modifications, in particular the hooded barbettes and the cut-away deadwood arrangement of the stern which enabled her to turn more rapidly. The Thames Ironworks closed some 20 years later.
Launch of the 'Fuji' at Blackwall, London, 31 March 1896.