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ROYAL NORWEGIAN NAVY (NORWAY)

CAPITAL SHIPS AND MONITORS

HARALD HAARFAGRE coastal battleships (1898)

Harald Haarfagre 1912

Harald Haarfagre 1940

Name No Builder Laid down Launched Comp Fate
Harald Haarfagre   Armstrong, Elswick, UK 1896 4/1/1897 3/1898 captured by Germany 9/4/1940 (Thetis)
Tordenskjold   Armstrong, Elswick, UK 1896 18/3/1897 3/1898 captured by Germany 9/4/1940 (Nymphe)

 

 

Displacement normal, t

3380

Displacement full, t

3858

Length, m

92.7 oa

Breadth, m

14.8

Draught, m

5.38 max

No of shafts

2

Machinery

VTE, 3 cylindrical boilers

Power, h. p.

4000

Max speed, kn

16.9

Fuel, t

coal 500

Endurance, nm(kts) 5000(10)

Armour, mm

Harvey steel; belt: 178-100, NS; turrets: 203-127, deck: 51-37, CT: 152

Armament

2 x 1 - 209/44 Armstrong B, 6 x 1 - 120/44 Armstrong Y, 6 x 1 - 76/40 Armstrong N, 6 x 1 - 37/45 Hotchkiss, 2 - 450 TT (beam)

Complement

245

Ship project history: Classical coast defence battleships, ordered by Norway in the middle of 1890th. They were built by Armstrong from 1895. According to an customer wish, as the project sample newest (for that moment) Swedish Oden class ships have elected, and owing to it Norwegian ships had close enough to them characteristics.

As well as Norge class ships, Harald Haarfagre class pair during service did not pass any modernisations (except for installation of several AA guns). To the Second World War beginning they ultimately become outdated and have been laid up into reserve.

Protection: Belt protected about 60% of ship length, its thickness decreased to 102mm at upper edge, belt was covered by 51mm main deck. Ship ends were protected by 31mm belt and 37mm deck.

Modernizations: 1923, both: + 2 x 1 - 47/46 QF Mk I

~1939, both: + 2 x 1 - 76/28 Bofors M36, 2 x 1 - 20/70 Oerlikon M36, 2 x 1 - 12.7/90

Naval service: Both ships 9/4/1940 were captured by German troops at Horten. They were converted by Germans to floating AA batteries and commissioned in 1941 under names Thetis (ex-Harald Haarfagre) and Nymphe (ex-Tordenskjold). Thetis was returned to Norway in May 1945 and sold for scrap, and Nymphe was bombed and beached at Svolvaer in May 1945.

Tordenskjold 1900

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