Victoria Louise Class Cruiser (1897)

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The five protected cruisers of the Victoria Louise class were completed in 1898 and 1899.

Overview of five vessels
Citations for this data available on individual ship pages
Name Builder Laid Down Launched Completed Fate
Victoria Louise AG Weser, Bremen 1895 29 Mar, 1897 20 Feb, 1898 Sold c. Oct 1919
Hertha AG Vulcan, Stettin 1895 14 Apr, 1897 23 Jul, 1898 Broken up 1920
Freya Danzig NYd 1895 27 Apr, 1897 20 Oct, 1898 Broken up 1921
Vineta Danzig NYd 1895 14 Apr, 1897 13 Sep, 1899 Broken up 1920
Hansa AG Vulcan, Stettin 1895 12 Mar, 1898 20 Apr, 1899 Broken up 1920

Design & Construction

Designed from 1893 to 1895.[1]

Performance

The Victoria Louises were good, dry seaboats with a easy motion, although they tended to pitch when steaming downwind and suffered severe leeway because of their large superstructures. However, their seakeeping qualities deteriorated badly as their lower coal bunkers were emptied.[2]

Armament

As Completed

  • Two 210mm/40 aliber quick-firing guns
  • Eight 150mm/0 caliber quick-firing guns
  • Ten 88mm/30 caliber quick-firing guns
  • Ten 37mm Maxim machine guns
  • Three 450mm torpedo tubes, eight torpedoes

c. 1900

  • Two 210mm/40 caliber quick-firing guns
  • Six 150mm/40 caliber quick-firing guns
  • Eleven 88mm/30 caliber quick-firing guns
  • Three 450mm torpedo tubes, eight torpedoes

Post-1916

  • Nil

[3][4]


See Also

Footnotes

  1. German Warships 1815-1945 I. p. 47.
  2. German Warships 1815-1945 I. p. 47.
  3. Conway's All the World's Fighting Ships 1860–1905. p. 254.
  4. German Warships 1815-1945 I. p. 47.

Bibliography

  • Chesneau, Robert; Kolesnik, Eugene (editors) (1979). Conway's All the World's Fighting Ships 1860–1905. London: Conway Maritime Press. (on Amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk).
  • Gray, Randal (editor) (1985). Conway's All the World's Fighting Ships 1906–1921. London: Conway Maritime Press. (on Amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk).
  • Gröner, Erich (revised and expanded by Dieter Jung and Martin Maass) (1990). German Warships 1815-1945. Volume One: Major Surface Vessels. Annapolis: Naval Institute Press.



Victoria Louise Class Protected Cruiser
Victoria Louise Hertha Freya Vineta Hansa
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