|Karlsruhe Class. Same protection and armament as the similar Magdeburg class but slightly larger and slightly faster.|
Built Germaniawerft, Kiel, laid down September 1911, completed January 1914, cost 8,126,000 Marks
Built Howaldtswerke, Kiel, laid down 1911, completed February 1914, cost 8,124,000 Marks
Length 139 m waterline 142.2 m overall, beam 13.7 m, draught 5.79 m, displacement 4,900 tonnes load 6,191 tonnes full load.
2 shaft Navy turbines, 26,000 shp, 27.8 knots
Karlsruhe 37,885 shp = 28.5 knots
Rostock 43,628 shp = 29.3 knots
2.5-0.5in belt, 2.5-1in decks
12 x 105mm (4.1in) SKL/ 45cal (8 x 1), 2 x 500mm (19.7in) TT, 120 mines
Near repeat of the Magdeburg class. Crew 373.
World War 1 Service:
1914 Caribbean, see SMS Karlsruhe.
4 November 1914 Destroyed by accidental explosion.
Command ship for torpedo boats.
24 January 1914 Took part in the Battle of Dogger Bank.
31 May-1 June 1916 sunk at the Battle of Jutland.
|SMS Rostock in Norwegian waters pre-war. Neither ship survived the war with Rostock being torpedoed and sunk by British destroyers during the confused night fighting at the Battle of Jutland.|