SMS Nautilus

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Career (German Empire)
Name: SMS Nautilus
Builder: AG Weser, Bremen
Cost: 2,879,000 German gold mark
Laid down: 1905
Launched: 28 August 1906
Commissioned: 19 March 1907
Struck: 21 March 1919
Fate: Broken up 1928
General characteristics
Class and type: Nautilus-class minelayer
Displacement: 2,345 metric tons (2,308 long tons; 2,585 short tons)
Length: 98.2 m (322 ft 2 in) o/a
Beam: 11.2 m (36 ft 9 in)
Draught: 4.42 m (14 ft 6 in)
Propulsion: 2-shaft VTE, 4 Navy boilers, 6,638 indicated horsepower (4,950 kW)
Speed: 20.8 knots (38.5 km/h; 23.9 mph)
Range: 3,530 nautical miles (6,540 km; 4,060 mi) @ 9 kn
Complement: 10 officers, 191 men
Armament: 8 × 8.8 cm (3.5 in) SK L/45 guns
205 mines

SMS Nautilus[Note 1] was a German minelaying cruiser built before World War I. The ship was built by AG Weser, Bremen. The ship served during the war, and was scrapped in 1928.[1]

Design[edit]

Nautilus was equipped with eight 8.8 cm SK L/45 naval guns.[Note 2] The guns fired 22 lb shells at a muzzle velocity of 2133 feet per second. The guns could elevate to 25 degrees, for a maximum range of 10,500 yards.[2] The ship also carried 200 mines.

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "SMS" stands for "Seiner Majestät Schiff", or "His Majesty's Ship" in German.
  2. ^ In Imperial German Navy gun nomenclature, "SK" (Schnelladekanone) denotes that the gun is quick loading, while the L/45 denotes the length of the gun. In this case, the L/45 gun is 45 calibers, meaning that the gun is 45 times long as it is in diameter.

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ Gardiner and Gray (1984), p. 158
  2. ^ Gardiner and Gray (1984), p. 140

References[edit]

  • Gardiner, Robert; Gray, Randal, eds. (1984). Conway's All the World's Fighting Ships: 1906-1922. Annapolis: Naval Institute Press. ISBN 0-87021-907-3.