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Stranded SMS Albatross
|Builders:||AG Weser, Bremen|
|Succeeded by:||Brummer class|
|Built:||1905 to 1907|
2506t full load
|Length:||315 ft 7 in (96.19 m) waterline
331 ft (101 m) overall
|Beam:||36 ft 9 in (11.20 m)|
|Draught:||14 ft 5 in (4.39 m)|
|Propulsion:||2-shaft VTE, 4 Navy boilers, 6,600 PS (6,510 ihp; 4,850 kW)|
|Speed:||20 knots (37 km/h; 23 mph)|
|Complement:||201 to 208|
|Armament:||eight 3.45in (8.8cm) SKL/45 guns
The Nautilus class was a pair of light cruisers designed for minelaying operations. Nautilus was laid down in 1905 and completed by 1907, and SMS Albatross was laid down in 1907, and completed the same year. Both ships were built by the AG Weser shipyard in Bremen.
The Nautilus-class ships were equipped with eight 3.45 in (8.8 cm) SK L/45 guns.[Note 1] The guns fired 22lb 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. The ships also carried 200 mines.
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- 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.
- Gardiner and Gray (1984), p. 140
- 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.