Königsberg Class Light Cruiser

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sms konigsberg Königsberg class with a less pronounced ram bow to the preceding Bremen class.  Similarly one unit of the class, in this case SMS Stettin, were fitted with turbine propulsion for comparison purposes.  This resulted in a big uneven gap between the last two funnels on this ship.

SMS Königsberg
Built Kiel Navy Yard, laid down January 1905, completed April 1907, cost 5,407,000 Marks.

SMS Nürnberg
Built Kiel Navy Yard, laid down January 1906, completed April 1908, cost 5,560,000 Marks.

SMS Stuttgart
Built Danzig Navy Yard, laid down November 1905, completed February 1908, cost 5,488,000 Marks

SMS Stettin
Built Vulcan, Stettin, laid down March 1905, completed October 1907, cost 6,398,000 Marks

Length 114.8 m waterline 115.3 overall, beam 13.2 m, draught 5.24 m, displacement 3,390 tonnes  load 3,390 tonnes full load.

2 shaft triple expansion engines, 13,200 ihp, 23 knots
Stettin 4 shaft Parsons turbines, 13,500 shp = 24 knots

Königsberg 13,918 ihp = 24.1 knots
Nürnberg 13,154 ihp = 23.4 knots
Stuttgart 13,146 ihp = 23.9 knots
Stettin 21,670 shp = 25.2 knots

1.5-0.5in decks, 2in gun shields

10 x 105mm (4.1in) SKL/ 40cal (10 x 1), 8 x 52mm (2in) (8 x 1), 2 x 450mm (17.7in) TT

Slightly larger follow on to the Bremen class.  Crew 322.

World War 1 Service:

Assigned to East Africa, see SMS Konigsberg
11 July 1915 sunk.

August 1914 With Admiral Graf Spee.
1 November Took part in the Battle of Coronel.
8 December 1914 Sunk at the Battle of the Falkland Islands.

IV Scouting Group.
31 May-1 June 1916 Battle of Jutland.
December 1916 de-commissioned.
January-May 1918 converted to seaplane carrier.
Flagship North Sea Aerial Forces.
1920 Ceded to England and scrapped.

28 August 1914 took part in the Battle of Heligoland Bight.
IV Scouting Group.
31 May-1 June 1916 Battle of Jutland.
1917 flagship for torpedo boat.
1918 Attached to U-Boat training.
1920 Ceded to England and scrapped in 1921.

SMS Stuttgart as a hybrid seaplane carrier.  The box hanger is clearly visible and could accommodate two seaplanes with a third aircraft carried outside the hanger.  Six of the 105mm (4.1 inch) guns were removed as part of the conversion. sms stuttgart

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