The Austrian battleship Viribus Unitis was launched at Trieste on June 24. The vessel is 493 feet long and 91 feet beam, with a draft of 27 feet, the completed displacement being in the neighborhood of 20,000 tons. Three sets of turbines, aggregating 26,000 horse-power, are designed to give a speed of 21 knots. The armament consists of twelve 12-inch guns in four center-line turrets, two being superposed, so that six guns bear ahead and astern; twelve 6-inch and eighteen 3.4-inch, five 18-inch torpedo-tubes, are also to be mounted. The maximum thickness of the belt is 12 inches, and the total weight of the armor carried is said to be 6000 tons.—United Service.
A Cruiser for the Training of Chinese Officers.—Messrs. Vickers, Limited, launch to-day (Friday) from their Naval Construction Works, Barrow-in-Furness, a cruiser named Ying-Swei, for the Chinese Navy, for the training of officers and men in connection with modern munitions of naval warfare, and therefore a forerunner of that new navy which will be built within the next few years for China.