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NYMPHE floating AA batteries (1898/1941)

Nymphe 1944

Name Yard No Builder Laid down Launched Comp Fate
Thetis (ex-Harald Haarfagre) 648 Armstrong, Elswick, UK 1896 4/1/1897 1898 // 1/2/1941 surrendered 5/1945, to Norway 1946, BU
Nymphe (ex-Tordenskjöld) 649 Armstrong, Elswick, UK 1896 18/3/1897 1898 // 1/2/1941 damaged 5/1945, never repaired

 

Displacement standard, t

3380

Displacement full, t

3858

Length, m

85.0 wl 92.7 oa

Breadth, m

14.8

Draught, m

5.02 normal 5.38 deep load

No of shafts

2

Machinery

VTE, 3 cylindrical boilers

Power, h. p.

4500

Max speed, kts

14

Fuel, t

coal 400

Armour, mm Harvey steel; belt: 203 - 76, bulkheads: 203, deck: 51 - 37

Armament

6 x 1 - 105/42 SK C/32, 2 x 1 - 40/56 FlaK 28, 2 x 4 - 20/65 C/38, 6 x 1 - 20/65 C/38

Complement

 

Ship project history: Former Norwegian coast defence battleships, 9/4/1940 they were captured by German troops at Horten where they were on conservation. Both were converted to floating AA batteries at Horten. They were used for air defence of anchorages, for example, Thetis protected basing of battleship Tirpitz in Kaa Fjord.

Ship protection: 37mm deck was connected with lower edge of main belt by 51mm slopes. 203mm main belt was closed by 203mm bulkheads abreast barbettes, ship ends were protected by 76mm belt.

Modernizations: None.

Naval service: Nimphe in May, 1945 was damaged by British aircraft at Svolvaer, run aground and late that year broken up. Thetis was returned to Norway and BU in 1947.

Thetis

 

Ivan Gogin, 2008-14