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KAISERLICHE MARINE (GERMANY)

CRUISERS

BUSSARD small cruisers (1890-1891)

nearly sister-ship Cormoran 1895

Name No Yard No Builder Laid down Launched Comp Fate
Bussard     Danzig KW 1888 23/1/1890 7/10/1890 discarded 10/1912
Falke   19 Kiel KW 1890 4/4/1891 14/9/1891 discarded 10/1912

 

Displacement normal, t

1559

Displacement full, t

1868

Length, m

82.6 oa 79.6 wl

Breadth, m

10.2

Draught, m

4.45 mean 5.63 deep load

No of shafts

2

Machinery

2 HTE, 4 cylindrical boilers

Power, h. p.

2800

Max speed, kts

15.5

Fuel, t

coal 305

Endurance, nm(kts)

2880(9)

Armament

Bussard: 8 x 1 - 105/32 RK L/35 C/86, 2 x 1 - 350 TT

Falke: 8 x 1 - 105/32 SK L/35 C/91, 2 x 1 - 350 TT

Complement

161

Ship project history: The Bussard class were intended for colonial work, with their barquentine rig, ram bows and wooden sheathing.

Modernizations: 1900s, both: + (0 - 5) x 5 - 37/27 RV L/30

Naval service: Bussard was rebuilt in 1900, and re-rigged as topsail schooner. The bridge was also enlarged.

© Ivan Gogin, 2014