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OTHER FIGHTING SHIPS

WOLF gunboats (1878-1880)

Wolf 1886

Name Yard No Builder Laid down Launched Comp Fate
Wolf 3 KW Wilhelmshaven 1876 21/3/1878 10/1878 repair ship 2/1906
Hyäne 4 KW Wilhelmshaven 1876 27/6/1878 8/1879 despatch vessel 1898, guard ship 8/1914, despatch vessel 5/1916, stricken 4/1920
Iltis   KW Danzig 1877 18/9/1878 3/1880 foundered 23/7/1896

 

Displacement normal, t

490

Displacement full, t

570

Length, m

47.2 oa 44.5 wl

Breadth, m

7.66

Draught, m

3.40

No of shafts

1, hoisting screw

Machinery

HSE, 2 rectangular boilers

Power, h. p.

340

Max speed, kts

8.5

Fuel, t

coal 95 - 112

Endurance, nm(kts)

1640(9)

Armament

2 x 1 - 125/21 RK L/23 C/78, 2 x 1 - 87/22 RK L/24 C/82, 3 x 5 - 37/27 RV L/30

Complement

85 - 106

Ship project history: These iron-built colonial gunboats were an improved version of the Cyclop (1873) design. They sailed well with their barquentine rig, and were considered good seaboats.

Modernizations: 1890s, Wolf: - 2 x 1 - 125/21, 1 x 1 - 87/22, 1 x 5 - 37/7; + 1 x 1 - 50/37 SK L/40 C/92

Naval service: Hyäne was disarmed in 1897 and her rig reduced to steadying sails in 1905, by which time she was used as an accommodation ship. However, in 1914 she was used as a watch ship. Sold in 1920, she served as the three-masted schooner Seewolf (fitted with an auxiliary motor) until sunk in 1924. Iltis was lost in the China Sea 23/7/1896 during a storm. Wolf after use as a depot ship was broken up in 1919.

 

Ivan Gogin, 2014