SMS Blücher (1877)

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SMS Blücher (1877).jpg
Illustration of SMS Blücher by Christopher Rave
History
German Empire
Name: SMS Blücher
Namesake: Field Marshal Gebhard von Blücher
Builder: Norddeutsche Schiffbau, Kiel
Laid down: 1876
Launched: 20 September 1877
Completed: 21 December 1879
Fate: Sold 1909
General characteristics
Class and type: Bismarck-class corvette
Displacement: 3,332 t (3,279 long tons)
Length: 82.5 m (270 ft 8 in)
Beam: 13.7 m (44 ft 11 in)
Draft: 6.18 m (20 ft 3 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: 16 × 15 cm (5.9 in) guns

SMS Blücher was a Bismarck-class corvette built for the German Imperial Navy (Kaiserliche Marine) in the late 1870s.

Career[edit]

Blücher in heavy seas with a torpedo boat

Blücher was commanded by Alfred von Tirpitz from August 1880 to 1884 while he was assigned to the Torpedo School at Kiel.[1] Later the Blücher was a ship of the Torpedo School at Flensburg-Mürwik. She was decommissioned after a boiler explosion in Mürwik in 1909.[2]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Kelly, pp. 52, 58.
  2. ^ Gröner, pp. 70-72.

References[edit]

  • Gardiner, Robert, ed. (1979). Conway's All the World's Fighting Ships 1860–1905. London: Conway Maritime Press. ISBN 978-0-85177-133-5. 
  • Gröner, Erich (1990). German Warships: 1815–1945. Annapolis: Naval Institute Press. ISBN 978-0-87021-790-6. 
  • Hildebrand, Hans H.; Röhr, Albert & Steinmetz, Hans-Otto (1993). Die Deutschen Kriegsschiffe (Band 2) [The German Warships (Volume 2)] (in German). Ratingen: Mundus Verlag. ISBN 9783782202107. 
  • Kelly, Patrick J. (2011). Tirpitz and the Imperial German Navy. Bloomington: Indiana University Press. ISBN 978-0-253-35593-5. 
  • Sondhaus, Lawrence (1997). Preparing for Weltpolitik: German Sea Power Before the Tirpitz Era. Annapolis: Naval Institute Press. ISBN 978-1-55750-745-7. 

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