ARMORED CRUISER 1ST RANK OF BAYAN . Scale model 1:200.
Among the ships – participants of the Russian-Japanese war – “Bayan” is considered to be the best representative class cruisers of the Russian Navy. Work in the shipyard of La Seine near Toulon began in late 1898. December 21, 1898, the Emperor Nicholas II granted the construction of the cruiser name “Bayan”. The official laying took place on 26 June 1899, simultaneously with the battleships “Tsesarevich”. By this time on the stocks was already collected and the bottom of the cruiser, fitted the frames above the armored deck. The launching took place on 30 may 1900.
March 30, 1902 the Commission, chaired by captain 1st rank Grigorovich beginning of the acceptance of the cruiser.
3 APR command cruiser took the captain 1st rank Robert N. Viren.
April 24 on the “Bayan” profit, 370-person team and four officers. The French authorities reacted with great attention to the organization of moving of the crew from Dunkerque to Toulon, with separate train with a special accompanying. Along the route residents welcomed the Russian sailors, the stations were arranged demonstrations. In Lyon on the platform was built a guard of honor orchestra.
8 may “Accordion” out to sea on a factory trial, but was forced to return due to failure of steering gear. Adoptive trials was delayed until the end of the year due to the fine-tuning of boilers.
December 16, 1902 was signed the final reception act, which stated that “the cruiser has fulfilled all the conditions of acceptance tests and any penalties not be”.
January 1, 1903, standing on the Toulon RAID “Bayan” was raised St. Andrew military flag, Jack, pennant and joined the campaign. On 23 February, the commander of the cruiser received a telegram with orders to immediately follow at Brindisi for the Grand Duke Boris Vladimirovich and the Greek Prince Andrey Georgievich and to bring them to the Piraeus. The Grand Duke is located on Board the cruiser in the Admiral’s premises, the day was visiting Athens. In March, the eminent passengers arrived on the “Bayan” in Naples. Then, together with the battleship “Emperor Nicholas I” and gunboats “Brave” “Bayan” made the transition in Algeria, and took part in the celebrations in honor of the President of France.
On 6 June, the cruiser arrived in Kronstadt.
On 19 July, captain 1st rank Viren received secret orders of the chief of GMS rear-Admiral Z. P. Rozhdestvensky “urgently” after the Emperor review to explore the Mediterranean sea and from there the detachment of rear Admiral A. A. Virenius along with squadron battleships “Tsesarevich”, “Oslyabya”, “Emperor Nicholas I” to follow in Port Arthur to reinforce the squadron of the Pacific fleet.
25 Jul 1903 “Oslabya” and “Bayan” came from Kronstadt? but later their ways diverged. “Bayan” was ordered to go to France, and the “Oslabya” in England. In Cherbourg Viren received a telegram Rozhdestvensky, with orders to go further, without waiting for an Armadillo.
In the Greek port of Poros from the Bayan met with battleship “Tsarevich”, and on 25 September they went together to the Port said.
19 Nov 1903 the ships arrived to Port Arthur.
In the night from 26 to 27 January 1904 squadron was attacked by Japanese destroyers.
On the morning of 27 January, the “Accordion” took his first fight, coming close with the enemy until 19 KBT.
During the battle with the Japanese battleships and armored cruisers “Bayan” received ten hits of shells (caliber 152 mm and above) and 350 splinters. Holes ranging from 1.3 to 1.5 m did not affect its combat effectiveness.