HNoMS Viking (1891)

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Viking at the Kiel Canal, June 1895
Viking, dressed with flags at Kiel, Germany, during ceremonies marking the opening of the Kiel Canal, June 1895
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Name: Viking
Namesake: The VikingNorse explorer, warrior, merchant, and pirate of the Viking Age
Builder: Navy Yard, Karljohansvern
Yard number: 72
Launched: 2 April 1891
Commissioned: 1891
Decommissioned: 1920
Fate: Served as a hospital ship for the Norwegian Red Cross
General characteristics
Class and type: .1 class gunboat
Displacement: 1,181 long tons (1,200 t)
Length: 63.5 m (208 ft 4 in)
Beam: 9.3 m (30 ft 6 in)
Draught: 3.66 m (12 ft 0 in)
Propulsion: Reciprocating steam engine, 2,000 hp (1,491 kW), 2 shafts
Speed: 15 knots (17 mph; 28 km/h)
Complement: 125
Armament: 2 × 12 cm (5 in) guns
• 4 × 57 mm (2 in) QF guns
4 × 1-pounder 37 mm (1 in) automatic gun[1]
3 × 46 cm (18 in) torpedo tube

HNoMS Viking was a 1. class gunboat built for the Royal Norwegian Navy. Like the other Norwegian gunships of her era, she carried a heavy armament on a diminutive hull. The vessel was built at the Naval Yard at Horten, and had yard number 72.

Viking served with the Royal Norwegian Navy until stricken in 1920. Later she was used as a hospital ship by the Norwegian Red Cross.