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KAISERLICHE MARINE (GERMANY)

CRUISERS

CAROLA iron corvettes (1881-1882)

Marie 1895

Carola 1897

Name Yard No Builder Laid down Launched Comp Fate
Carola 87 Vulcan, Stettin 1879 27/11/1880 1/9/1881 TS 1893, discarded 10/1905
Olga 88 Vulcan, Stettin 1879 11/12/1880 10/9/1881 TS, discarded 6/1905
Marie 332 Reiherstieg, Hamburg 1880 20/8/1881 12/9/1882 TS 1895, discarded 10/1904
Sophie   Danzig KW 1879 10/11/1881 10/8/1882 TS 1883, barrack ship 5/1908

 

Displacement normal, t

2147

Displacement full, t

2424

Length, m

76.4 oa 70.6 wl

Breadth, m

12.5

Draught, m

4.98 mean 6.08 deep load

No of shafts

1

Machinery

Carola, Olga: HC, 8 cylindrical boilers

Marie, Sophie: HC, 6 cylindrical boilers

Power, h. p.

2100

Max speed, kts

13.5

Fuel, t

coal 350

Endurance, nm(kts)

3420(10)

Armament

10 x 1 - 149/20 RK L/22 C/72, 2 x 1 - 87/22 RK L/24 C/82, 6 x 5 - 37/27 RV L/30

Complement

269

Ship project history: The basic design of this class dated from 1875, so they were obsolescent even when they were laid down. Marie and Sophie had single funnels, the rest two each, while the last pair were rigged as ships, unlike their barque-rigged sisters.

Modernizations: 1889, Olga: was armed only with 2 x 1 - 88/27 SK L/30 C/89, 10 x 1 - 7.9/79

1893, Carola: - 4 x 1 - 149/20, 2 x 1 - 87/22, 6 x 5 - 37/17; + 2 x 1 - 105/32 SK L/35 C/91, 8 x 1 - 88/27 SK L/30 C/89, 2 x 1 - 50/37 SK L/40 C/92

1893, Marie; 1895, Sophie: - 2 x 1 - 87/22; + 2 x 1 - 88/27 SK L/30 C/27, up to 4 x 5 - 37/27 RV L/30

Naval service: With their wood and copper sheathing they spent the early years of their service lives overseas. In 1893 Carola became an artillery training ship, and in 1889 Olga was converted to a school ship. Marie and Sophie served for a while as school ships. Sophie was not broken up till 1921.

Carola

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