Koreyets gunboat
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1/700 Koreyets gunboat  (Combrig)

Displacement  1418 t
Waterline length 66.6 m
Width 10.7 m
Draft 3.8 m
Shaft rating 1724 hp
Speed, max 13.5 knots
Armament: 2  203 mm
 1  152 mm
 4   107 mm
 2   47 mm Hotchkiss
 4   37 mm Hotchkiss
 1   64 mm Baranovsky
 1   381 mm torpedo launcher
- decking 10 mm
Crew 179

The Koreyets was a seagoing gunboat with barkentine rigging and well-articulated ram bow. She was laid down at the Bergzund shipyard, Stockholm on the request of the Russian Naval Ministry in 1886, launched on 7 August 1886 and entered the inventory of the Russian Fleet in 1888. The ship spent the greater part of her service in foreign cruises, mainly in the Far East. Her rigging and sparring was gradually reduced in the course of the service. The main armament – 35 caliber cannons firing black gun powder, were not replaced, which together with low speed predetermined the ship’s low combat abilities by the beginning of the XX century. During the first decade of the new century she was mainly employed as a duty ship in foreign ports. The Koreyets met the outbreak of the Russian-Japanese war together with the Varyag 1st rank cruiser and the Sungari transport in the Korean port Chemulpo. On 27 January 1904 these Russian ships, blocked by the surpassing Japanese squadron, made an attempt to break through, which was unsuccessful in spite of tenacious efforts. The Koreyets remained undamaged and had no casualties. In order to avoid capture the gunboat was blasted by the crew in Chemulpo and entirely demolished.
During her service in the Far East the gunboat featured the standard paint job for foreign cruises with her sides, life-boats, cannon shields, deckhouses being painted white; smoke-stack cowls  – black; smoke-stacks yellow; decking, bridge coating – natural wood, cannon barrels – burnished steel; stern nameplate – gilded. When the war broke out, the ship was repainted into the combat coloring of the first Pacific Squadron – all above-water structures were painted olive-drab except for smoke-stack cowls.

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