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KAISERLICHE MARINE (GERMANY)

CRUISERS

BRUMMER light cruisers - minelayers (1916)

Brummer 1918

Name Yard No Builder Laid down Launched Comp Fate
Brummer 422 Vulcan, Stettin 1915 11/12/1915 2/4/1916 interned 11/1918, scuttled 21/6/1919
Bremse 423 Vulcan, Stettin 1915 11/3/1916 1/7/1916 interned 11/1918, scuttled 21/6/1919

 

Displacement normal, t

4385

Displacement full, t

5856

Length, m

140.4 oa 135.0 wl

Breadth, m

13.2

Draught, m

6.00 deep load

No of shafts

2

Machinery

Marine steam turbines, 6 Marine boilers

Power, h. p.

33000

Max speed, kts

28

Fuel, t

coal 600 + oil 1000

Endurance, nm(kts)

5800(12)

Armour, mm

belt: 40, deck: 15, glacises: 100, CT: 100, shields: 50

Armament

4 x 1 - 149/42 SK L/45 C/09, 2 x 1 - 88/45 SK L/45 C/13, 2 x 1 - 500 TT, 400 mines

Complement

309

Ship project history: The lessons of mine warfare in the Russo-Japanese war of 1904-5 were not really followed up in Germany. When war broke out only the two 'mine-cruisers' Albatross and Nautilus were purpose-built, although most of the light cruisers were also fitted for minelaying operations. Increasing requests for such vessels led to the decision to build two more, utilizing the turbines prepared for the Russian battlecruiser Navarin. On trials Brummer achieved 42,729shp = 28.0kts and Bremse 47,748shp = 28kts.

Ship protection: Main belt was 40mm thick abreast machinery. 15mm protective deck was connected with its upper edge. CT had 100mm sides and 20mm roof, guns had 50mm shields.

Modernizations: None.

Naval service: Both units served in their intended role during the war, were interned at Scapa Flow after the armistice, and scuttled on 21 June 1919.

Bremse 1917

Ivan Gogin, 2014