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Destruction of Chinese warships at Wei-Hai-Wei
The Engineer
vol. 79, 15 February 1895, p. 133

Accession No.357


The official Japanese account of the attack on the Chinese warships at Wei-Hai-Wei on the 4th of February 1895 stated: "On the night of the 4th inst. - Monday - the first torpedo flotilla guarded the western entrance to Wei-Hai-Wei Harbour, while the second and third flotillas, after the moon had set, made their way into the harbour through the eastern entrance. Having got inside the harbour, the boats torpedoed and destroyed the large ironclad Ting-Yuen, whilst the bottom of the cruiser Chen--Yuen is supposed to have been damaged. On the night of the 5th the first torpedo flotilla renewed the attack, and torpedoed and sank the cruiser Chen-Yuen" the Chih-Yen [sic] was sunk at Yalu- "and probably also the large ironclad Chih-Yuan, the Wai (Lai?) Yuen [sic], and one of the gunboats." The same result would have probably been achieved if a well-manned, well-equipped, and vigilant European naval force was attacked by torpedo boats, whether by day or night, the only probable difference being that not a single torpedo boat would have survived to tell the tale.