The South Korean company Shinil Group said it has found the wreck of a Russian cruiser that was sunk 113 years ago in the Russian-Japanese War.
The wreck of the Dimitri Donskoi was found lying in 1,400ft of water near the island of Ulleungdo, 75 miles off the east coast of South Korea.
The cruiser was built at Leningrad and was 295ft long with a beam of 52ft. With a displacement of 5,880 tons, she was armed with six 6in and 10 4.7in guns and carried a crew of 550. Since 1885, the cruiser had served in the Mediterranean and the Baltic before heading to the Pacific.
During the war, the cruiser was part of the Russian 2nd Pacific Squadron and was damaged in the famous Battle of Tsushima in 1905, when the Russian fleet was destroyed by the Japanese. Russia lost a total of 21 ships and around 4,500 men with 10,000 being wounded.
The Dimitri Donskoi fell behind the surviving Russian ships and was attacked by Japanese warships and lost almost 200 of her crew. On May 29, the cruiser was scuttled by her crew off Ulleungdo to stop her falling into Japanese hands.