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SWEDISH NAVY (SWEDEN)

CAPITAL SHIPS

SVEA coast defence ships (1886-1893)

Thule 1917

Name No Builder Laid down Launched Comp Fate
Svea   Lindholmen, Göteborg 3/1884 12/12/1885 20/9/1886 submarine depot ship 1920
Göta   Lindholmen, Göteborg 1888 16/9/1889 1891 hulk 10/1927
Thule   Bergsund, Stockholm 1891 4/3/1893 1/12/1893 hulk 8/1928

Displacement normal, t

Svea: 3051

Göta: 3238

Thule: 3248

Displacement full, t

Svea: 3273

Göta, Thule: 3300

Length, m

Svea: 75.7 wl

Göta: 78.8 wl

Thule: 79.5 wl

Breadth, m

Svea: 14.8

Göta, Thule: 14.6

Draught, m

Svea: 5.18 max

Göta, Thule: 5.11 max

No of shafts

2

Machinery

VC, 6 cylindrical boilers

Power, h. p.

Svea: 3640

Göta, Thule: 4700

Max speed, kn

Svea: 14.7

Göta, Thule: 16

Fuel, t

coal 288 - 300

Endurance, nm(kts) 830(12)

Armour, mm

Svea: compound; belt: 297 - 147, turret: 297 - 246, barbette: 297 - 147, deck: 49

Göta, Thule: Creusot steel; belt: 293 - 198, turret: 293 - 243, barbette: 268, deck: 49

Armament

Svea: 1 x 2 - 254/31 K/32 M1885, 4 x 1 - 152/25 K/28 M1883, 1 x 2 - 37/34 M1884, 4 x 4 - 25/32 M1877, 1 x 1 - 12/75 M1875, 1 - 381 TT (bow)

Göta: 1 x 2 - 254/31 K/32 M1889A, 4 x 1 - 152/30 K/32 M1889, 5 x 1 - 57/48 K/50 M1889, 6 x 4 - 25/32 K/35 M1877, 4 x 1 - 25/57 K/60 M1884, 3 - 381 TT (1 bow, 2 beam)

Thule: 1 x 2 - 254/31 K/32 M1889A, 4 x 1 - 152/30 K/32 M1889, 5 x 1 - 57/46 K/50 M1892, 4 x 4 - 25/32 K/35 M1877, 4 x 1 - 25/57 K/60 M1884, 2 - 450 TT (beam)

Complement

252

Ship project history: The first seaworthy coastal battleships of the Swedish Navy.

Protection: Belt protected amidships part only.

Modernizations: 1890, Svea: + 2 x 1 - 57/48 K/50 M1889

1896, Svea: - 4 x 1 - 152/25; + 4 x 1 - 120/43 K/44 M1894

1901, Göta; 1903, Thule; 1904, Svea: were completely reconstructed, armament was fully changed to 1 x 1 - 210/44 M98, 7 x 1 - 152/44 M98, 11 x 1 - 57/55 M89B; stem was projected forward. All 6`` guns were mounted in single turrets with 115mm protection, 210mm gun received turret protected by 190 - 140mm Krupp nickel steel, barbette had 190mm protection.

Naval service: Svea was converted to submarine depot ship 1919 - 1921 and served in this role until 1941, sold for scrap in 1944. Göta was stricken in 1923 but converted in 1926 to barrack ship and sold only in 1938. Thule was stricken also in 1923, also became a barrack ship in 1926 but from 1928 she was used as artillery and aircraft target, sold in 1930s.

Göta 1896

Svea 1904

Ivan Gogin, 2009-14