This is a waterline/full hull 1/350 scale resin kit by Combrig Models.
Available as both a full hull and waterline.
Korietz was laid down in Stockholm, Sweden at the Bergsund Mekaniksa shipyards in December 1885, launched on August 7, 1886, and commissioned in 1888.
Assigned to service with the
Russian Pacific Fleet in 1895, she was a frequent visitor to ports in Korea, Japan and northern China. During the Boxer Rebellion, she participated in the Eight-Nation Alliance attack on Taku Forts on June 1900. During this battle, she was hit six times by shells fired by the Chinese defenders, and suffered nine crewmen killed and 20 wounded.
Together with the cruiser
Korietz was dispatched from
Port Arthur to the main Korean port of Chemulpo (modern-day Incheon) in early 1904 to protect Russian interests, as diplomatic tensions continued to increase between Russia and the Empire of Japan. After the Russian transport
Sungari arrived at Chemulpo on 7 February 1904, reporting the sighting of a large Japanese force approaching,
Korietz (under the command of G.P.Belyaev) was ordered to return to Port Arthur to report and request instructions. In the early morning of 8 February 1904,
Chiyoda outside the Chemulpo roadstead, and mistaking it for a fellow Russian ship, loaded its guns for a salute. On closing in, the crew of the
Korietz realized their mistake and in the ensuing confusion the guns were discharged.
Chiyodaresponded by launching a torpedo. Both sides missed, but this was the first actual exchange of fire in the Russo-Japanese War, and it is highly unclear which side actually opened fire first.
Korietz retreated back to Chemulpo harbor.
In the subsequent Battle of Chemulpo Bay, Captain Vsevolod Rudnev of the
Varyag refused an ultimatum by Imperial Japanese Navy admiral
Uryu Sotokichi to surrender, and on February 9, 1904 attempted to break through the Japanese squadron from Chemulpo to the open sea. Vastly outnumbered and outgunned,
Korietz fired 52 rounds at the Japanese ships, but was at a distance that most of its shots did not even reach the Japanese fleet.
Varyag took heavy damage;
Korietzsuffered from only light damage from
sharpnel with no casaulties. Unable to break past the Japanese squadron by mid-afternoon,
Varyag returned to Chemulpo harbor, where both took refuge near the neutral warships. At 1600 the same day,
Korietz was scuttled by its crew by blowing up two ammunition magazines. The crew was taken aboard a French cruiser "Pascal", taken to
Saigon, French Indochina, and returned to Russia. In St. Petersburg all the officers were awarded the Order of St. George (4th class), the highest military decoration of the Russian Empire.
After the end of the Russo-Japanese War, the wreckage of
Korietz was raised by Japanese engineers, and scrapped.