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DALMACIJA protected cruiser (1900/1925)

Dalmacija 1941

Name Yard No Builder Laid down Launched Comp Fate
<Dalmacija> (ex-Niobe) 120 A G Weser, Bremen, Germany 30/8/1898 18/7/1899 25/6/1900 // 24/6/1925 captured by Italy 17/4/1941 (Cattaro)

 

Displacement normal, t

2360

Displacement full, t

2953

Length, m

104.4 wl 105.0 oa

Breadth, m

12.2

Draught, m

5.20

No of shafts

2

Machinery

VTE, 8 Thornycroft boilers

Power, h. p.

8110

Max speed, kts

16

Fuel, t

coal 580

Endurance, nm(kts) 4000(10)

Armour, mm

steel / Krupp steel - deck: 25 - 20, slopes: 50, CT: 80

Armament

6 x 1 - 83/52 Škoda M.27, 4 x 1 - 47/40 L/44 Škoda, 2 x 1 - 15/84

Complement

300

Ship project history: Former German protected cruiser Niobe. Under Versailles Treaty she was preserved as part of Reichsmarine, but really she was never commissioned again by Germans. 24/6/1925 she was sold to Yugoslavia and renamed Dalmacija. In 1925-1926 ship was rebuilt on Deutsche Werke, Kiel. The fore part undergone greatest alterations: ram stem was replaced by raking, forecastle deck lost characteristic turtleback form. Superstructures were altered; masts were significantly shortened and fitted with projector flats; besides, the foremast became tripod. All armament was removed. Ship was commissioned 3/9/1926. In 1927 at Tivat arsenal (Kotor Bay) new armament of Czechoslovak production was installed. Dalmacija was used as AA ship, depot and training ship.

Ship protection: 25mm protective deck with 50mm slopes protected machinery, outside machine spaces 20mm deck had turtleback form. Engines had 80mm glacises. CT had 80mm sides and 20mm roof.

Modernizations: None.

Naval service: 17/4/1941 Dalmacija was captured at Kotor by Italian troops and commissioned by Regia Marina as coast defence ship Cattaro. 11/9/1943 she was captured by German troops at Pola and 6/12/1943 commissioned by Kriegsmarine as Niobe. 19/12/1943 she ran aground at island Silba (coast of Yugoslavia) and 22/9/1943 was destroyed by torpedoes from British MTBs.

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Ivan Gogin, 2009-15