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SWEDISH NAVY (SWEDEN)

CAPITAL SHIPS

DRISTIGHETEN coast defence ship (1901)

Dristigheten 1906

Dristigheten 1940

Name No Builder Laid down Launched Comp Fate
Dristigheten   Lindholmen, Göteborg 10/1898 28/4/1900 5/9/1901 stricken 6/1947

Displacement normal, t

3270

Displacement full, t

3600

Length, m

86.9 wl 89.0 oa

Breadth, m

14.8

Draught, m

4.88 max

No of shafts

2

Machinery

VTE, 8 Yarrow boilers

Power, h. p.

5400

Max speed, kts

16.5

Fuel, t

coal 310

Endurance, nm(kts) 3500(10)

Armour, mm

Harvey nickel steel; belt: 200 - 140, turrets: 200 - 150, barbettes: 200 - 150, casemates: 100, CT: 247, deck: 50

Armament

2 x 1 - 209/43 K/44 M1898, 6 x 1 - 152/43 K/44 M1898, 10 x 1 - 57/50 K/55 M1889B, 2 - 450 TT (beam)

Complement

275

Ship project history: First Swedish capital ship with only quick fire artillery.

Protection: Belt protected amidships part between fore end of fore barbette and aft end of aft barbette and was 200mm-thick abreast machinery and 140mm abreast barbettes, it was 1.48m-high. Main deck was connected by its lower end by slopes, this deck was turtleback form outside citadel.

Modernizations: (1917-18): - 2 x 1 - 57/50; + 2 x 1 - 57/50 K/55 M1889B AA.

(1927-1928, Bergsund): ship was converted to seaplane carrier, all armament was removed, a raised platform for aircraft storage and maintenance was built aft. Ship had not a catapult, seaplanes had to start from a water. Technical data was as follows:

Displacement standard, t

3218

Displacement full, t

3600

Length, m

86.9 wl 89.0 oa

Breadth, m

14.8

Draught, m

5.20 max

No of shafts

2

Machinery

VTE, 8 boilers

Power, h. p.

5600

Max speed, kn

16.8

Fuel, t

coal 310

Armour, mm

Harvey nickel steel; belt: 200 - 140, CT: 247, deck: 50

Armament

4 x 1 - 75/49 K/50 M1912, 1 x 2 - 8/80, 2 x 1 - 8/90, 3 seaplanes (1 T1, 1 J4; later 3 Fairey III)

Complement

275

1940: + 2 x 1 - 25/55 K/58 M1932

1944: - 2 x 1 - 25/55, 1 x 2 - 8/80, 2 x 1 - 8/90; + 2 x 1 - 40/56 K/60 M1932

Naval service: Dristigheten was stricken in 1947 but used as target until 1961.

Dristigheten 1909

Dristigheten 1930

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