HNoMS Sleipner (1877)

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Sleipner after the rebuild in 1900
Sleipner after the rebuild in 1900
History
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Name: Sleipner
Namesake: Sleipnir – the eight-legged steed of Odin
Builder: Navy Yard, Karljohansvern
Yard number: 56
Laid down: 1 January 1877
Launched: 7 August 1877
Christened: 20 May 1878
Decommissioned: 1935
Out of service: 1 January 1919
Fate: Scrapped in 1935
General characteristics
Class and type: .1 class gunboat
Displacement: 720 long tons (732 t)
Length: 53.26 m (174 ft 9 in)
Draught: 3.35 m (11 ft 0 in)
Propulsion: 650 hp (485 kW) Reciprocating steam engines and sails
Speed:
  • 12.7 knots (14.6 mph; 23.5 km/h) under power
  • 13.4 knots (15.4 mph; 24.8 km/h) under power with sails
Complement: 90
Armament:

HNoMS Sleipner was a 1. class gunboat built for the Royal Norwegian Navy. Like all 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 56.

Fitout[edit]

Sleipner's main weapon was a 26 cm (10-inch) cannon, of the same make and model other navies mounted[1] on battleships. Sleipner also carried an underwater torpedo tube in her bow for firing Whitehead torpedoes, and she was the first vessel in the Royal Norwegian Navy equipped with this weapon.

Rebuild[edit]

In 1900 Sleipner was rebuilt, and her masts and rigging removed. After her rebuild she was used as a cadet ship (training vessel) until 1915, when she started a new life as a floating barracks. Between 1921 and 1932 Sleipner was used as a floating depot for the fledgling Royal Norwegian Navy Air Service, before she was finally decommissioned and scrapped in 1935.

Notable crew[edit]

  • Elias Aslaksen, served as an officer cadet on board Sleipner in 1908.

Gallery[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ GR 10in 26cm 22cal Krupp BL, retrieved 2 March 2006