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KAISERLICHE MARINE (GERMANY)

CRUISERS

KÖNIGSBERG light cruisers (1907-1908)

Stettin 1912

Stuttgart 1918

Name Yard No Builder Laid down Launched Comp Fate
Königsberg 31 KW Kiel 1905 12/12/1905 6/4/1907 scuttled 11/7/1915
Nürnberg 32 KW Kiel 1906 28/8/1906 10/4/1908 sunk 8/12/1914
Stuttgart   KW Danzig 1905 22/9/1906 1/2/1908 TS till 1914, seaplane tender 5/1918, discarded 11/1919
Stettin 270 Vulcan, Stettin 1906 7/3/1907 29/10/1907 TS 1917, discarded 11/1919

 

Displacement normal, t

Königsberg: 3390

Nürnberg, Stuttgart: 3469

Stettin: 3480

Displacement full, t

Königsberg: 3814

Nürnberg: 3902

Stuttgart: 4002

Stettin: 3822

Length, m

Königsberg: 115.3 oa 114.8 wl

Nürnberg, Stuttgart, Stettin: 117.4 oa 116.8 wl

Breadth, m

Königsberg: 13.2

Nürnberg, Stuttgart, Stettin: 13.3

Draught, m

Königsberg: 5.29 deep load

Nürnberg: 5.24 deep load

Stuttgart: 5.40 deep load

Stettin: 5.14 deep load

No of shafts

Königsberg, Nürnberg, Stuttgart: 2

Stettin: 4

Machinery

Königsberg, Nürnberg, Stuttgart: VTE, 11 Marine boilers

Stettin: Parsons steam turbines, 11 Marine boilers

Power, h. p.

Königsberg, Nürnberg, Stuttgart: 13200

Stettin: 13500

Max speed, kts

Königsberg, Nürnberg, Stuttgart: 23

Stettin: 24

Fuel, t

Königsberg: 820

Nürnberg, Stuttgart, Stettin: 880

Endurance, nm(kts)

Nürnberg, Stuttgart: 4120(12)

Stettin: 4170(12)

Armour, mm

steel / Krupp steel - deck: 30 - 20, slopes: 80 - 45, glacises: 100, CT: 100, shields: 50

Armament

Königsberg: 10 x 1 - 105/37 SK L/40 C/97, 10 x 1 - 7.9/79, 2 - 450 TT (beam)

Nürnberg, Stuttgart, Stettin: 10 x 1 - 105/37 SK L/40 C/04, 8 x 1 - 52/52 SK L/55 C/03, 2 - 450 TT (beam)

Complement

322

Ship project history: This class belonged to the 1903-4 (and the later three to the 1904-5) programmes. Stettin had 4 shafts and turbines, whereas the others had 2-shaft VTE machinery.

Ship protection: 30mm protective deck with 80mm slopes protected machinery, outside machine spaces deck had turtleback form with 20mm flat and 45mm slopes. Engines had 100mm glacises. CT had 100mm sides and 20mm roof, guns had 50mm shields.

Modernizations: 1913, Königsberg: was refitted, endurance raised to 5750(12)nm.

1918, Stuttgart: - 6 x 1 - 105/37, 8 x 1 - 52/52; + 2 x 1 - 88/45 SK L/45 C/13, 3 seaplanes.

Naval service: Königsberg was station ship at Dares-Salaam in German East Africa at the outbreak of the war, and after a brief commerce raiding career was blockaded in the Rufiji River in October 1914 where she was bombarded by British monitors in July 1915 and finally scuttled there 11/7/1915 by her crew. Nürnberg was part of the German East Asian squadron of Admiral Graf Spee and was sunk during the Battle of the Falkland Islands on 8 December 1914. Stuttgart served as gunnery training ship and with the German High Seas Fleet. Between February and May 1918 she was convened to a seaplane carrier. She was turned over to Great Britain after the war and scrapped in 1921. Stettin served with the High Seas Fleet from 1907, with the Submarine school from 1917, was delivered to Great Britain and scrapped in 1921-23 at Copenhagen.

Königsberg 1907

Ivan Gogin, 2014