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sms konigsberg ii Königsberg (ii) Class.  Originally designated Ersatz Gazelle, Ersatz Niobe, Ersatz Nymphe and Ersatz Thetis the ships entered service with the names of light cruisers lost early in the war.

SMS Königsberg (ii)
Built Weser, Bremen, laid down August 1914, completed August 1918.

SMS Karlsruhe (ii)
Built Wilhelmshaven Navy Yard, laid down May 1915, completed December 1916.

SMS Nürnberg (ii)
Built Howaldtswerke, Kiel, laid down December 1914, completed February 1917.

SMS Emden (ii)
Built Weser, Bremen, laid down 1915, completed December 1916.

Size:
Length 145.8 m waterline 151.4 m overall, beam 14.2 m, draught 6.14 m, displacement 5,440 tons  load 7,125 tons full load.

Propulsion:
2 shaft Navy turbines, 31,000 shp, 27.5 knots

Trials:
Königsberg 45,900 shp = 27.8 knots
Karlsruhe 55,700 shp = 27.7 knots
Emden 50,216 shp = 27.7 knots

Armour:
2.5-0.5in belt, 2.5-1in decks

Armament:
8 x 150mm (5.9in) SKL/ 45cal (8 x 1), 2 x 88mm (2 x 1), 4 x 500mm (19.7in) TT, 200 mines

Comments:
Same pattern light cruiser as previous designs.  Crew 475.

World War 1 Service:
Königsberg (ii)

II Scouting Group.
17 November 1917 engaged with British cruisers in second Battle of Heligoland Bight.
Ceded to France and scrapped 1936.

Karlsruhe (ii)
II Scouting Group.
Interned and Scuttled at Scapa Flow at the end of World War 1.

Nürnberg (ii)
II Scouting Group.
Interned and beached at Scapa Flow at the end of World War 1.
Used as target 1922 by French and scrapped 1926.

Emden (ii)
October 1917 operations at the Baltic Islands.
Interned and beached at Scapa Flow at the end of World War 1.
Became a French prize and in 1926 scrapped.

SMS Königsberg.  All the class survived the war and three were at Scapa Flow during the scuttling although two of these were beached by the British.  All four were taken as prizes by the victorious powers after this. sms konigsberg ii

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