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KAISERLICHE MARINE (GERMANY)

TORPEDO SHIPS

B97 destroyers (1915)

B97 1918

Name Yard No Builder Laid down Launched Comp Fate
B97 238 Blohm & Voss, Hamburg 1914 15/12/1914 2/1915 to Italy 5/1920 (Cesare Rossarol)
B98 239 Blohm & Voss, Hamburg 1914 2/1/1915 3/1915 to United Kingdom 1920
B109 242 Blohm & Voss, Hamburg 1914 11/3/1915 6/1915 interned 11/1918, scuttled 21/6/1919
B110 243 Blohm & Voss, Hamburg 1914 31/3/1915 6/1915 interned 11/1918, scuttled 21/6/1919
B111 244 Blohm & Voss, Hamburg 1914 8/6/1915 8/1915 interned 11/1918, scuttled 21/6/1919
B112 245 Blohm & Voss, Hamburg 1914 17/6/1915 9/1915 interned 11/1918, scuttled 21/6/1919

  

Displacement normal, t

1374

Displacement full, t

1843

Length, m

98.0 oa 96.0 wl

Breadth, m

9.35

Draught, m

B97, 98: 3.87

B109 - 112: 3.83

No of shafts

2

Machinery

Marine steam turbines, 4 Marine boilers

Power, h. p.

40000

Max speed, kts

B97, 98: 36.5

B109 - 112: 36

Fuel, t

oil 527

Endurance, nm(kts)

B97, 98: 2600(20)

B109 - 112: 2620(20)

Armament

4 x 1 - 88/42 TK L/45 C/14, 2 x 2 - 500 TT, 2 x 1 - 500 TT (8), 24 mines

Complement

114

Ship project history: One aspect of the Czarist Russian fleet construction programme was the building of a modern yard at St Petersburg, which was undertaken by Blohm & Voss and officially opened on 29 November 1913. When war broke out four powerful destroyers were under construction there: Leytenant Ilyin, Kapitan Konon Zotov, Gavriil and Mikhail. Their 40,000shp turbine sets were being built by Blohm & Voss at Hamburg and were seized immediately. The yard proposed to the German Navy the building of destroyers around these sets within six months. Against the opposition of the torpedo authorities - who argued that these boats might not fit into the German flotillas - von Tirpitz pushed through the scheme and they (plus additional boats) were built. They were the first three funnelled boats in the German destroyer arm, and were faster (37.4kts for the B109 group on trials) and more heavily armed than contemporary German destroyers and had better seaworthiness. They were referred to as 'destroyers' in German sources, as opposed to the 'high seas torpedo-boats'.

Modernizations: 1916, all: - 4 x 1 - 88/42; + 4 x 1 - 105/42 TK L/45 C/16

Naval service: No significant events.

Ivan Gogin, 2014