Bismarck-class corvette

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Bundesarchiv Bild 146-2008-0176, Segelschiff "SMS Stein".jpg
Stein at anchor in 1893
Class overview
Builders: AG Vulcan, Kaiserliche Werft Danzig, and Norddeutsche Schiffbau
Operators:  Kaiserliche Marine
Preceded by: Leipzig class
Succeeded by: Carola class
Built: 1875–1880
In commission: 1878–1910
Completed: 6
Lost: 1
Scrapped: 5
General characteristics
Type: Corvette
Displacement: 2,947–3,332 t (2,900–3,279 long tons)
Length: 82.0–82.5 m (269 ft 0 in–270 ft 8 in)
Beam: 13.7 m (44 ft 11 in)
Draught: 6.18–6.3 m (20 ft 3 in–20 ft 8 in)
Installed power:
Propulsion:
Speed: 12 knots (22 km/h; 14 mph)
Range: 1,940 nmi (3,590 km; 2,230 mi) at 10 knots (19 km/h; 12 mph)
Complement: 404
Armament:
  • 10–16 × 15 cm (5.9 in) guns
  • 2 × 88 mm (3.5 in) quick-firing guns
  • 6 × 37 mm (1.5 in) 5-barreled guns

The Bismarck-class corvettes were a class of six corvettes built for the German Imperial Navy (Kaiserliche Marine) in the late 1870s.

Ships of the class[edit]

Name Builder Launched Completed Fate
Bismarck Norddeutsche Schiffbau AG, Kiel 25 July 1877 27 August 1878 She was part of the Imperial German squadron who forced Barghash bin Said of Zanzibar to accept the German protectoreade over Wituland in May 1885. Decommissioned 21 September 1891; used as hulk in Wilhelmshaven until 1920
Blücher Norddeutsche Schiffbau AG, Kiel 20 March 1877 21 December 1878 Decommissioned in 1909 after internal explosion; broken up in Rotterdam
Gneisenau Kaiserliche Werft, Danzig 4 September 1879 3 October 1880 Sank in a gale while berthed at Málaga on 16 December 1900. Forty of her crew dead, including her commander
Moltke Kaiserliche Werft, Danzig 18 October 1877 16 April 1878 Decommissioned in 1911; renamed Acheron used as a hulk for submarines until 1918; scrapped 1920
Stosch AG Vulkan, Stettin 8 October 1877 10 March 1878 She took part of the blockade of Venezuela in 1902-03; struck and scrapped in 1907
Stein AG Vulkan, Stettin 14 September 1879 3 October 1880 Used as a hulk since 1908; scrapped in 1920

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Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Gröner, Erich / Dieter Jung / Martin Maass (1982). Die deutschen Kriegsschiffe 1815–1945. Bernard & Graefe, pp. 70-72. ISBN 3-7637-4800-8 (in German)

References[edit]

  • Gardiner, Robert; Chesneau, Roger; Kolesnik, Eugene M., eds. (1979). Conway's All the World's Fighting Ships: 1860–1905. London: Conway Maritime Press. ISBN 0-85177-133-5. 
  • Gröner, Erich (1990). German Warships: 1815–1945. Annapolis: Naval Institute Press. ISBN 0-87021-790-9. OCLC 22101769. 

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