Victoria Luise Second Class Protected Cruiser Cruiser

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sms victoria luise Victoria Luise Class.  The class originally had three funnels but following having their boilers replaced between 1905-1911 were subsequently fitted with two as shown here.  the class were also originally fitted with a tower foremast but these were replaced by pole masts as the ships were top heavy and also contributed, along with the large sides, to the ships sea keeping suffering in a heavy wind. 

SMS Victoria Luise
Built AG Weser, Bremen, laid down April 1896, completed February 1899, cost 10,714,000 Marks.

SMS Hertha
Built AG Vulcan, Stettin, laid down October 1895, completed July 1898, cost 9,932,000 Marks.

SMS Freya
Built Imperial Dockyard, Danzig, laid down January 1896, completed October 1900, cost 11,094,000 Marks.

SMS Vineta
Built Imperial Dockyard, Danzig, laid down 1895, completed September 1899, cost 10,714,000 Marks.

SMS Hansa
Built AG Vulcan, Stettin, laid down April 1898, completed April 1899, cost 10,270,000 Marks.

Size:
Length 358 feet 3 inches waterline 363 feet 2 inches overall, beam 57 feet 2 inches, draught 22 feet 9 inches, displacement 5,660 load 6,491 tons full load.

Propulsion:
3 shaft Triple expansion engines, 10,000 ihp, 19.5 knots

Trials:
Victoria Luise 10,574 ihp = 19.2 knots
Hertha 10,312 ihp = 19.0 knots
Freya 10,355 ihp = 18.4 knots
Vineta 10,646 ihp = 19.6 knots
Hansa 10,388 ihp = 18.7 knots

Armour:
4in decks

Armament:
2 x 8.2in 40cal (2 x 1), 8 x 5.9in 40 cal (8 x 1), 10 x 3.45in 30 cal (10 x 1), 3 x 17.7in TT

Comments:
Primarily built for overseas cruiser duties the class introduced the clipper bow and blocky looking sides that typified later German large cruisers.  Crew 477.

World War 1 Service:
Victoria Luise
August 1914 coast defence ship.
November 1914 accommodation ship.
1923 Scrapped.

Hertha
August 1914 coast defence ship.
November 1914 accommodation ship.
1923 Scrapped.

Freya
August 1914 coast defence ship.
November 1914 accommodation ship.
April 1915 training ship.
1921 Scrapped.

Vineta
August 1914 coast defence ship.
November 1914 accommodation ship.
1920 Scrapped.

Hansa
August 1914 coast defence ship.
November 1914 accommodation ship.
1920 Scrapped.

SMS Lictoria Luise.  Initially used for coast defence duties in world War 1 the class were soon relegated to a variety of non-combat support roles.  As part of this all the ships, apart from Freya which was used for training, had their armament removed in 1916. sms victoria louise

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