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CRUISERS

PANTHER protected cruisers (1885-1886)

Panther 1886

Name Yard No Builder Laid down Launched Comp Fate
Panther 480 Armstrong, Elswick, UK 29/10/1884 13/6/1885 31/12/1885 TS 1917, accommodation ship 1918
Leopard 481 Armstrong, Elswick, UK 1/1885 10/9/1885 31/3/1886 accommodation ship 5/1914

 

Displacement normal, t

1557

Displacement full, t

 

Length, m

73.2 oa 71.4 wl

Breadth, m

10.4

Draught, m

4.28

No of shafts

2

Machinery

VC, 6 cylindrical boilers

Power, h. p.

Panther: 5940

Leopard: 6380

Max speed, kts

Panther: 18.4

Leopard: 18.7

Fuel, t

coal 200

Endurance, nm(kts) 2800(10)
Armour, mm steel; deck: 12

Armament

2 x 1 - 120/31 G. L/35 C.87, 4 x 1 - 47/40 SFK L/44 H, 6 x 5 - 47/22 SFK L/25 H, 4 - 350 TT (1 bow, 2 beam, 1 stern)

Complement

186

Ship project history: These two small cruisers (officially called torpedo ram cruisers) were ordered in England to gain experience in modern shipbuilding techniques. They, and their enlarged successor Tiger, were obsolete by the beginning of the First World War and their main armament was removed in 1909/10.

Ship protection: Steel deck had 12mm thickness.

Modernizations: 1909, Panther: was armed with 4 x 1 - 66/40 SFK L/42

10/1910, Leopard: was armed with 10 x 1 - 47/40 SFK L/44 H

Naval service: Panther was attached in 1917 lo the submarine commanders' school at Cattaro as a seagoing training ship. Leopard was decommissioned 15/5/1914 and used as harbour defence ship at Pola. Both were allocated as war reparation to Great Britain, but sold to Italy and scrapped there in 1920.

Panther 1895

Ivan Gogin, 2014