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Kronprinz Wilhelm 1914

Ships


Name

Launched // Comm.

Builder

Tonnage, BRT (disp., t)

Dimensions, m

Speed, kts

Engine, Power hp

Armament

Fate

Berlin 7.11.1908 // 9.1914 Weser, Bremen 17324 (26000) 186.8x21.2 17.5 2VQE, 7boilers, 14000 6x1-105/37, 4x5-37/20, 200mines interned 18.11.1914, returned 6.1919
Cap Trafalgar 31.7.1913 // 8.1914 Vulcan, Hamburg 18805 (23640) 186.0x21.9 17 2VTE, 14boilers, 15000 2x1-105/37, 6x1-37/30 sunk 14.9.1914
Cormoran (ex-Ryazan`) 3.1909 // 8.1914 Schichau, Elbing 3522 (7250) 104.0x13.7 15 1VTE, 4boilers, 4750 8x1-105/37 interned 14.12.1915, sunk 7.4.1917
Greif (ex-Guben) 29.7.1914 // 1.1916 Neptun, Rostock 4962 (9900) 131.7x16.5 13 1VTE, 2boilers, 3000 4x1-149/37, 1x1-105/37, 2x1-500TT sunk 29.2.1916
Iltis (ex-Turritella, ex-Gutenfels) 18.11.1905 // 2.1917 Flensburger SB 5528 (10700) 135.2x16.8 11 1VQE, 3boilers, 2600 1x1-52/51, 25mines sunk 5.3.1917
Kaiser Wilhelm der Grosse 4.5.1897 // 8.1914 Vulcan, Stettin 14349 (24300) 199.5x20.1 22 2VTE, 14boilers, 28000 6x1-105/37, 2x5-37/20 sunk 26.8.1914
Kronprinz Wilhelm 30.3.1901 // 8.1914 Vulcan, Stettin 14908 (24900) 202.2x20.2 22 2VQE, 16boilers, 30000 2x1-88/45 interned 26.4.1915, captured by USA 7.4.1917 (Von Steuben)
Geier (ex-Saint Théodore) 22.4.1913 // 12.1916 Hamilton, Glasgow, UK 4992 (9700) 127.2x15.9 12.6 1VTE, 2boilers, 1800 2x1-52/51 scuttled 14.2.1917
Leopard (ex-Yarrowdale) 1912 // 1.1917 Dobson, Newcastle, UK 4652 (9800) 124.7x15.9 13 1VTE, 2boilers, 2400 5x1-149/37, 4x1-88/45, 2x1-500TT sunk 16.3.1917
Meteor (ex-Vienna) 5.1903 // 5.1915 Ramage & Ferguson, Leith, UK 1912 (3640) 89.1x11.3 14 1VTE, 2boilers, 2400 2x1-88/37, 2x1-37/30, 2x1-450TT, 374mines sunk 9.8.1915
Möwe (ex-Pungo), 6.1916- Vineta, 8.1916- Möwe 9.5.1914 // 12.1915 Tecklenborg, Geestemünde 4788 (9800) 124.5x14.4 14 1VTE, 5boilers, 3200 4x1-149/43, 1x1-105/42, 2x1-500TT, 500mines to United Kingdom 5.1920
Prinz Eitel Friedrich 18.6.1904 // 8.1914 Vulcan, Stettin 8797 (16000) 154.6x17.0 15 2VQE, 4boilers, 7000 4x1-105/37, 6x1-88/37, 12x1-37/30 interned 9.4.1915, captured by USA 7.4.1917 (De Kalb)
Seeadler (ex-Pass of Balmaha) 9.8.1878 // 12.1916 Duncan, Glasgow, UK 1571 (4500) 83.5x11.8 9 1diesel, 900, sails 2x1-105/42 wrecked 2.8.1917
Wolf (ex-Belgravia) 10.5.1906 // 1.1916 Workman Clark, Belfast, UK 6648 (12900) 141.1x16.2 11.5 1VQE, 4boilers, 2800 4x1-149/37, 2x1-37/30, 2x1-500TT CTL 26.2.1916
Wolf (ex-Wachtfels), summer1916- Jupiter, 11.1916- Wolf 8.3.1913 // 5.1916 Flensburger SB 5809 (11200) 135.0x17.1 10.5 1VTE, 3boilers, 2800 5x1-149/37, 2x1-500TT, 3x1-52/51, 465mines, 1seaplane (FF33E) to France 4.1919
Vineta (ex-Cap Polonio) 25.3.1914 // 2.1915 Blohm & Voss, Hamburg 20576 (24500) 200.1x21.7 19 2VTE, 14boilers, 20000 4x1-149/37, 4x1-88/45 to United Kingdom 4.1919
Victoria Luise (ex-Deutschland) 10.1.1900 // 8.1914 Vulcan, Stettin 16703 (27350) 207.2x20.5 17.5 2VQE, 8boilers, 15000 4x1-105/42, 4x5-37/20 discarded 8.1914


Standard scale images


<i>Cormoran </i>1914
Cormoran 1914
<i>Möwe </i>1916
Möwe 1916
<i>Wolf (ex-Wachtfels) </i>1917
Wolf (ex-Wachtfels) 1917
<i>Vineta </i>1915
Vineta 1915


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<i>Kronprinz Wilhelm </i>1914
Kronprinz Wilhelm 1914
<i>Seeadler </i>1916    
Seeadler 1916    


Project history

German AMCs intended for actions against merchant shipping at oceans and offen called as "commerce raiders". They were converted from cargo ships, armament was masked.

Modernizations

autumn 1916, Wolf: + 2 x 1 - 149/37, 2 x 1 - 500 TT

Naval service

Berlin was interned with fuel coal bunkers at Trondheim (Norway) 18.11.1914, returned to owner in June 1919 and in December transferred to White Star Line as Arabic. Cap Trafalgar was sunk in South Atlantic off Trinidad by British AMC Carmania 14.9.1914. Cormoran (former Russian Ryazan` captured in Korea Strait by cruiser Emden 4.8.1914) was interned at Guam 14.12.1914 by USA and scuttled there by own crew to avoid capture 7.4.1917. Greif was sunk by British AMCs Alcantara, Andes, cruiser Comus and two destroyers 29.2.1916 off Bergen. Iltis was formed British Turritella, captured 27.2.1917 W of Colombo, she was sunk by British sloop Odin 5.3.1917 off Aden. Kaiser Wilhelm der Grosse was sunk by British cruiser Highflyer 26.8.1914 at Rio de Oro (Spanish Northern Africa). Kronprinz Wilhelm was interned by USA 26.4.1915 at Newport News and 7.4.1917 captured by USA, used by USN as troop transport Von Steuben. Geier was former British Saint Théodore, captured by AMC Möwe 12.12.1916, she was scuttled by AMC Möwe because of her worn out machinery. Leopard (captured British Yarrowdale) was sunk by British cruisers Achilles and Dundee 16.3.1917 NO of Faeroes. Meteor was sunk 9.8.1915 in the North Sea by British cruiser squadron. Prinz Eutel Friedrich was interned by USA 9.4.1915 at Newport News and 7.4.1917 captured by USA and commissioned by USN as troop transport De Kalb. Seeadler (ex-Pass of Balmaha, captured by submarine U36) wrecked through negligence on Mopelia Island in the Societies (Pacific) 2.8.1917. Wolf (ex-Belgravia) was badly damaged during a storm in Elbe mouth and discarded.