Hindenburg Class Battlecruiser

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SMS Hindenburg
SMS Hindenburg
SMS Hindenburg during gunnery exercises.  The last major German warship to enter service in world War 1 she didn't see any combat.  The differences from the Derfflinger class were mainly internal although she was fitted with a tripod  before completion and the legs of this were less spread than in Derfflinger.

SMS Hindenburg
Built Wilhelmshaven Navy Dockyard, laid down June 1913, completed October 1917, cost 59,000,000 Marks

Size:
Length 698 feet 2 inches overall, beam 95 feet 2 inches, draught 27 feet 3 inches, displacement 26,513 normal 31,000 tons deep.

Propulsion:
4 shaft Parsons turbines, 72,000 shp, 27.5 knots

Trials:    95,777 shp = 28.5 knots

Armour:
12-4in belt, 10in barbettes, 11in turrets, 3-1in decks

Armament:
8 x 12in SKL/50 (4 x 2), 14 x 5.9in (14 x 1), 4 x 3.45in (4 x 1), 4 x 23.6in TT

Comments:
Very similar to the Derfflinger class but slightly  longer.  Internally the boiler rooms were re-arranged as was some of the armour.  Crew 44 officers and 1068 men.

World War 1 Service:
I Scouting Group.
After World War 1 interned and then scuttled at Scapa Flow.

Hindenburg although the last German battlecruiser completed was originally to have been succeeded by larger and more powerfully armed Mackensen and Ersatz Yorck classes.  Three hulls of the Mackensen class were launched but never completed with other ships not being that advanced. SMS Hindenburg
SMS Hindenburg

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