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KAISERLICHE MARINE (GERMANY)

CRUISERS

IRENE protected cruisers - corvettes (1888-1889)

Irene 1895

Name Yard No Builder Laid down Launched Comp Fate
Irene 175 Vulcan, Stettin 1886 23/7/1887 25/5/1888 depot ship 2/1914
Prinzess Wilhelm 30 Germaniawerft, Kiel 1886 22/9/1887 13/11/1889 hulk 2/1914

 

Displacement normal, t

4271

Displacement full, t

5027

Length, m

103.7 oa 98.9 wl

Breadth, m

14.2

Draught, m

6.74 mean 7.63 deep load

No of shafts

2

Machinery

HC, 4 cylindrical doubled boilers

Power, h. p.

8000

Max speed, kts

18

Fuel, t

coal 550

Endurance, nm(kts)

2490(9)

Armour, mm compound; deck: 50 with 75mm slopes, glacis: 120, CT: 50

Armament

4 x 1 - 149/28 RK L/30 C/83, 10 x 1 - 149/20 RK L/22 C/72, 6 x 5 - 37/27 RV L/30, 3 - 350 TT (1 bow, 2 beam)

Complement

365

Ship project history: The Irene and her sister were the first German protected cruisers.

Ship protection: They had a compound steel armoured deck (flat amidships consisted of 20mm iron on 30mm steel, slopes had 20mm iron and 55mm steel layers). Engine was protected by 120mm glacis oh 200mm wood backing. CT had 50mm sides and 20mm roof.

Modernizations: 1893, both: - 10 x 1 - 149/20, 6 x 5 - 37/17; + 8 x 1 - 105/32 SK L/35 C/91, 6 x 1 - 50/37 SK L/40 C/92

Naval service: They were broken up in 1921 and 1922 respectively.

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