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sms karlsruhe Karlsruhe Class.  Same protection and armament as the similar Magdeburg class but slightly larger and slightly faster.

SMS Karlsruhe
Built Germaniawerft, Kiel, laid down September 1911, completed January 1914, cost 8,126,000 Marks

SMS Rostock
Built Howaldtswerke, Kiel, laid down 1911, completed February 1914, cost 8,124,000 Marks

Length 139 m waterline 142.2 m overall, beam 13.7 m, draught 5.79 m, displacement 4,900 tonnes load 6,191 tonnes full load.

2 shaft Navy turbines, 26,000 shp, 27.8 knots

Karlsruhe 37,885 shp = 28.5 knots
Rostock 43,628 shp = 29.3 knots

2.5-0.5in belt, 2.5-1in decks

12 x 105mm (4.1in) SKL/ 45cal (8 x 1), 2 x 500mm (19.7in) TT, 120 mines

Near repeat of the Magdeburg class.  Crew 373.

World War 1 Service:

1914 Caribbean, see SMS Karlsruhe.
4 November 1914 Destroyed by accidental explosion.

Command ship for torpedo boats.
24 January 1914 Took part in the Battle of Dogger Bank.
31 May-1 June 1916 sunk at the Battle of Jutland.

SMS Rostock in Norwegian waters pre-war.  Neither ship survived the war with Rostock being torpedoed and sunk by British destroyers during the confused night fighting at the Battle of Jutland. sms rostock

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