SMS Eber (1887)

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SMS Eber in 1887
German Empire
Name: SMS Eber
Builder: Kaiserliche Werft Kiel, Germany
Launched: 15 February 1887
Commissioned: September 1887
Fate: Wrecked, March 1889
General characteristics [1]
Displacement: 735 tons
Length: 51 m (167 ft 4 in)
Beam: 8 m (26 ft 3 in)
Draught: 3.8 m (12 ft 6 in)
Speed: 11 knots (20 km/h; 13 mph)
Armament: 3 guns

SMS Eber, a 735-ton iron-hulled gunboat, was built at Kiel, Germany for gunboat diplomacy in the Pacific. It was a barque-rigged auxiliary steamer. After commissioning in September 1887 she was sent to the Pacific to serve in the German colonial empire. She disarmed the inhabitants of Nauru in 1888,[2] ending their civil war and annexing the island to the German Empire. Eber was anchored in Apia Harbor, Samoa, during the 1889 Apia cyclone of 15–16 March 1889. Though she was the most modern of the seven warships present, damage to her propeller made it impossible for her to survive the violent wind and seas.[3] After a long struggle, Eber was forced against the edge of the harbor reef and sank quickly, with the loss of 73 of her crewmen.[4]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Anton, Ralph (2013). "SMS Eber - Kanonenboot der Kaiserlichen Marine". Retrieved 27 August 2013. 
  2. ^ Stevenson, Robert Louis (November 1888) [1892]. "VII_The Samoan Camps". A Footnote to History: Eight Years of Trouble in Samoa. Cassell. p. 49. ISBN 978-0-8248-1857-9. OCLC 227258432. 
  3. ^ Naval Historical Center (23 March 2002). "SMS Eber (Gunboat, 1887-1889)". United States Navy. Retrieved 4 October 2009. 
  4. ^ "Six War Vessels Sunk; Wrecked in a Hurricane at Samoa" (PDF). New York Times. 30 March 1889. 

Coordinates: 13°49′53″S 171°45′07″W / 13.83139°S 171.75194°W / -13.83139; -171.75194