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KAISERLICHE MARINE (GERMANY)

TORPEDO SHIPS

S49 large torpedo boats (1915-1917)

S53 1918

Name Yard No Builder Laid down Launched Comp Fate
S49 939 Schichau, Elbing 1914 10/4/1915 7/1915 interned 11/1918, scuttled 21/6/1919
S50 940 Schichau, Elbing 1914 24/4/1915 8/1915 interned 11/1918, scuttled 21/6/1919
S51 941 Schichau, Elbing 1914 29/4/1915 9/1915 interned 11/1918, beached 21/6/1919, to United Kingdom
S52 942 Schichau, Elbing 1914 12/6/1915 9/1915 interned 11/1918, scuttled 21/6/1919
S53 943 Schichau, Elbing 1914 18/9/1915 12/1915 interned 11/1918, scuttled 21/6/1919
S54 944 Schichau, Elbing 1914 11/10/1915 1/1916 interned 11/1918, scuttled 21/6/1919
S55 945 Schichau, Elbing 1914 6/11/1915 3/1916 interned 11/1918, scuttled 21/6/1919
S56 945 Schichau, Elbing 1914 11/12/1915 4/1916 interned 11/1918, scuttled 21/6/1919
S57 947 Schichau, Elbing 1914 8/1/1916 5/1916 sunk 10/11/1916
S58 948 Schichau, Elbing 1914 5/2/1916 6/1916 sunk 11/11/1916
S59 949 Schichau, Elbing 1914 16/2/1916 7/1916 sunk 11/11/1916
S60 950 Schichau, Elbing 1915 3/4/1916 8/1916 interned 11/1918, beached 21/6/1919, to Japan
S61 951 Schichau, Elbing 1915 8/4/1916 9/1916 scuttled 2/11/1918
S62 952 Schichau, Elbing 1915 13/5/1916 11/1916 sunk 10/7/1918
S63 953 Schichau, Elbing 1915 27/5/1916 12/1916 discarded 11/1919, to Italy 5/1920 (Ardimentoso)
S64 954 Schichau, Elbing 1915 21/8/1916 3/1917 sunk 18/10/1917
S65 955 Schichau, Elbing 1915 14/10/1916 4/1917 interned 11/1918, scuttled 21/6/1919
S66 956 Schichau, Elbing 1915 21/11/1916 5/1917 sunk 10/7/1918

  

Displacement normal, t

S49 - 52: 802

S53 - 66: 919

Displacement full, t

S49 - 52: 1074

S53 - 66: 1170

Length, m

S49 - 52: 79.6 oa 79.0 wl

S53 - 66: 83.1 oa 82.5 wl

Breadth, m

8.36

Draught, m

S49 - 52: 3.64

S53 - 66: 3.60

No of shafts

2

Machinery

S49 - 52: Schichau steam turbines, 3 Marine boilers

S53 - 66: Schichau steam turbines / cruising steam turbine on one shaft, 3 Marine boilers

Power, h. p.

24000

Max speed, kts

34

Fuel, t

S49 - 52: oil 252

S53 - 66: oil 305

Endurance, nm(kts)

S49 - 52: 1605(17)

S53 - 66: 2450(14)

Armament

S49 - 59: 3 x 1 - 88/42 TK L/45 C/14, 2 x 2 - 500 TT, 2 x 1 - 500 TT (8), 24 mines

S60 - 66: 3 x 1 - 105/42 Utof L/45 C/16 or TK L/45 C/16, 2 x 2 - 500 TT, 2 x 1 - 500 TT (8), 24 mines

Complement

85

Ship project history: Belonged to the wartime mobilization programme, S49 and S50 being the replacements for S35 and S36. The enlarged S53-66 had a cruising turbine on the starboard shaft and carried more oil.

Modernizations: 1916, S53-56: - 3 x 1 - 88/42; + 3 x 1 - 105/42 Utof L/45 C/16 or TK L/45 C/16

Naval service: S62 was lost in action; S57 (10/11/1916), S58 (11/11/1916), S59 (11/11/1916) were mined in the Gulf of Finland, S64 was mined in Northern Baltic 18/10/1917, S66 was mined in the North Sea 10/7/1918. S61 was scuttled during the German retreat from Belgium 2/11/1918 in Terneuzen Canal (Flanders); S60 which was beached at Scapa Flow became a Japanese war reparation and was scrapped in England in 1920; S63 became an Italian war reparation and served under the name Ardimentoso until 1937.

Ivan Gogin, 2014