german Imperial German Navy - Kaiserliche Marine (1903-1919) Prinz Adalbert (+1915)
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nationality german
purpose war
type cruiser (heavy)
subtype/class Prinz Adalbert class cruiser
propulsion steam
date built 1904
weight (tons) 9875  grt
dimensions 126.5 x 19.6 x 7.8 m
engine 3 shaft Triple expansion engines
armament Four 8.2 in (21 cm) (2 × 2), ten 5.9 in (15 cm) (10 × 1), twelve3.45 in (8.8 cm) (12 × 1), four 17.7 in (45 cm) torpedo tubes
power 16200  h.p.
speed 20  knots
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date lost 23/10/1915  [dd/mm/yyyy]
casualties  max.672rank: 177
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Kriegsmarinewerft Wilhelmshaven (Prev. Kaiserliche/Reichsmarine Werft), Wilhelmshaven
Imperial German Navy - Kaiserliche Marine (1903-1919)
no. of crew 586
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Pablobini23/11/2009Seiner Majestät Schiff Prinz Adalbert was a German armored cruiser built in the early 1900s for the Imperial German Navy . Named after Kaiser Wilhelm II third son Prince Adalbert of Prussia . She was the lead ship of her class . Prinz Adalbert was built at Kiel Navy Dockyard . She was laid down in April 1900, and completed in January 1904, at the cost of 16,371,000 Marks . Upon commissioning, Prinz Adalbert served as a gunnery training ship.

At the start of World War I , Prinz Adalbert was assigned to III Scouting Group of the High Seas Fleet .In November 1914, she transferred to the Baltic Sea to conductoperations against the Russian Navy. On 24 January 1915, she ranaground near Steinort while on a mission to bombard the naval base at Libau . The ship was soon refloated. On 2 July 191 5, the British submarine E9 torpedoed and badly damaged Prinz Adalbert near Rozewie , but the ship was able to return to port. On 23 October 1915, E8 torpedoed Prinz Adalbert 20 miles west of Libau . The magazine exploded and the ship sank immediately with the loss of 672 crew. There were only three survivors. The wreck was found by Swedish divers in June 2007 at 56°33´ N, 20°18" E
Chipchase Nick20/11/2009Sunk by the British submarine E8 in the Baltic Sea

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Imperial German Navy - Kaiserliche Marine (1903-1919)

Kaiserliche Marine or the German Imperial Navy is the name for the German Navy between 1903 and 1919. Most of the ships had a prefix SMS, Seine Majestäts Schiff, which is the equivalent of HMS, Her/His Majesty's Ship.

This Navy should not be confused with Reichsmarine (1920-1935) or Kriegsmarine (1935-1945).
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 Kriegsmarinewerft Wilhelmshaven (Prev. Kaiserliche/Reichsmarine Werft), Wilhelmshaven
Kriegsmarinewerft is the name this famous naval shipyard got when the Nazi regime was installed. Before that, this yard was called Reichsmarinewerft or the Kaiserliche Werft.
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