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RUSSIAN IMPERIAL PLATE FIGHTING CRUISER VARYAG

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RUSSIAN IMPERIAL PLATE "IN the MEMORY of FIGHTING CRUISER "VARYAG"
A Russian porcelain plate "In the memory of the Battle of the cruiser Varyag" and the gunboat "Koreyets" with the Japanese fleet at Chemulpo.
By the Kuznetsov Mfg, 1905. Porcelain, decal. Marked on the back in black ink under glaze: "T-va MS Kuznetsov in Budakh 138".
SIZE: 9 1/2 inches (240 mm).
ESTIMATE PRICE: $2000 - $3000.
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WIKIPEDIA: Varyag was a Russian protected cruiser. Varyag became famous for her crew's stoicism at the Battle of Chemulpo Bay. The Imperial Admiralty contracted William Cramp & Sons of Philadelphia to build the ship, and her keel was laid in October 1898. Launched on 31 October 1899, under Captain Vladimir Behr, she was commissioned into the Imperial Russian Navy on 2 January 1901. During the Battle of Chemulpo Bay at the start of the Russo-Japanese War, Varyag (under the command of Captain of the First Rank Vsevolod Rudnev) found itself in battle, engaged with the heavily superior Japanese squadron of Admiral Uriu, (one armoured cruiser, five protected cruisers and eight destroyers) in a heroic attempt to break out from Chemulpo (Incheon) harbour 9 February 1904. Chemulpo was in neutral Korean waters. Admiral Uriu gave the Russian ships in harbor a written ultimatum to sail by 12:00 noon or be attacked in the harbor itself. Captain Rudnev sortied, accompanied by the gunboat Koreets; having lost 31 men dead, 191 injured (out of 570) and outgunned, both ships returned to harbor by 1:00 p.m., the crew decided not to surrender, but to sink the ship. The crew was saved by transferring them to the British cruiser Talbot, the French cruiser Pascal, and the Italian cruiser Elba; the captain of the US gunboat Vicksburg declined doing so as a violation of U.S. neutrality.