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KAISERLICHE MARINE (GERMANY)

TORPEDO SHIPS

A26 torpedo boats (1916-1917)

A26 1917

Name Yard No Builder Laid down Launched Comp Fate
A26 959 Schichau, Elbing 1916 20/5/1916 7/1916 discarded 3/1921
A27 960 Schichau, Elbing 1916 27/5/1916 8/1916 to United Kingdom 8/1920
A28 961 Schichau, Elbing 1916 10/6/1916 8/1916 to United Kingdom 8/1920
A29 962 Schichau, Elbing 1916 15/6/1916 9/1916 to United Kingdom 8/1920
A30 963 Schichau, Elbing 1916 15/7/1916 9/1916 interned by Belgium 11/1918, to Belgium 6/1919 (A29 PC)
A31 964 Schichau, Elbing 1916 1/7/1916 9/1916 to United Kingdom 8/1920
A32 965 Schichau, Elbing 1916 15/7/1916 10/1916 stranded 25/10/1917
A33 966 Schichau, Elbing 1916 29/7/1916 10/1916 to United Kingdom 9/1920
A34 967 Schichau, Elbing 1916 20/7/1916 11/1916 to United Kingdom 9/1920
A35 968 Schichau, Elbing 1916 19/8/1916 12/1916 to United Kingdom 8/1920
A36 969 Schichau, Elbing 1916 14/8/1916 11/1916 to United Kingdom 8/1920
A37 970 Schichau, Elbing 1916 12/8/1916 11/1916 to United Kingdom 9/1920
A38 971 Schichau, Elbing 1916 17/10/1916 3/1917 to United Kingdom 9/1920
A39 972 Schichau, Elbing 1916 12/9/1916 12/1916 to United Kingdom 8/1920
A40 973 Schichau, Elbing 1916 2/9/1916 12/1916 interned by Belgium 11/1918, to Belgium 6/1919 (A22 PC)
A41 974 Schichau, Elbing 1916 8/12/1916 3/1917 to United Kingdom 8/1920
A42 975 Schichau, Elbing 1916 1/11/1916 1/1917 interned by Belgium 11/1918, to Belgium 6/1919 (A23 PC)
A43 976 Schichau, Elbing 1916 25/12/1916 4/1917 interned by Belgium 11/1918, to Belgium 6/1919 (A24 PC)
A44 977 Schichau, Elbing 1916 10/3/1917 4/1917 to United Kingdom 9/1920
A45 978 Schichau, Elbing 1916 8/11/1916 1/1917 to United Kingdom 9/1920
A46 979 Schichau, Elbing 1916 24/3/1917 5/1917 to United Kingdom 9/1920
A47 980 Schichau, Elbing 1916 23/4/1917 6/1917 interned by Belgium 11/1918, to Belgium 6/1919 (A25 PC)
A48 981 Schichau, Elbing 1916 9/6/1917 7/1917 to United Kingdom 9/1920
A49 982 Schichau, Elbing 1916 19/5/1917 7/1917 interned by Belgium 11/1918, to Belgium 6/1919 (A26 PC)

  

Displacement normal, t

227

Displacement full, t

250

Length, m

50.0 oa 49.0 wl

Breadth, m

5.32

Draught, m

2.34 deep load

No of shafts

1

Machinery

Schichau geared steam turbine, 1 Marine doubled boiler

Power, h. p.

3250

Max speed, kts

25

Fuel, t

oil 53

Endurance, nm(kts) 690(20)

Armament

A26-38, 41, 43, 44: 2 x 1 - 88/27 SK L/30 C/89, 1 x 1 - 450 TT, sweeps

A39, 40, 42, 45-49: 2 x 1 - 88/27 TK L/30 C/08, 1 x 1 - 450 TT, sweeps

Complement

29

Ship project history: Coastal torpedo-boat/minesweeper 1915 design, A II type, built by Schichau, Elbing. Hulls for A35, A38 and A41 were delivered by Sachsenberg Werft, Rosslau. Benefitting from the lessons of war, these boats had better performance characteristics. A 43, A 44, A 46-A 49 were transferred by railway in sections to Anrwerp/Hoboken and finished there. The boats were commissioned from May 1916 onwards and used in the Channel.

Modernizations: None.

Naval service: Only one boat was lost in the Baltic (A32 25/10/1917 stranded at Estonian coast, later salvaged and commissioned as Estonian Sulev), most of the remainder becoming British war reparations which were broken up in the 1920s; however, A30, A40, A42, A43 and A47 were taken over by Belgium and operated until about 1927, although A43 was not scrapped until 1943.

 

Ivan Gogin, 2014