Brandenburg

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Brandenburg Class pre dreadnaught battleships, were the first German battleships designed for high seas fleet activity. These ships of the 1888-1889 design were nicked named the Whalers by the British. and on commissioning into the Imperial German navy, they joined the 1st Division of the 1st squadron and were detached to China during the Boxer rebellion. between 1902 and 1904 they were modernised with new boilers  and had their large fighting masts removed. In 1910 Kurfurst Fried rich Wilhelm and Weissenburg both Nickel steel armoured ships  built by Krupp's were sold to Turkey. being renamed Heireddin Barbaroosa and Torgud Reis.   Heireddin Barbaroosa was Torpedoed and sunk by Royal naval submarine E11 on the 8th August 1915 in the Dardanelle's. Torgud reis became a training ship in 1924 and broken up 1938. Both Brandenburg and Worth became during World war One, Coastal defence ships, then accommodation ships. The Brandenburg it was planned to use her as a gunnery target ships but this remained unfinished and finally scrapped on 13th may 1919.
Kurf?st Friedrich Wilhelm 30th June 1891 To Turkey 12th September 1910 renamed
Brandenburg 21st September 1891 Stricken 13th May 1919, BU
Weissenburg 14th December 1891 To Turkey 12th September 1910 renamed
W?th 6th August 1892 Stricken 13th May 1919, BU

SMS Kurf?st Friedrich Wilhelm

Commissioned into the German navy on the 29th April 1894, sold on the 12th September 1910 to Turkey for 9 million marks. becoming Barbaros Hayreddin. Sunk by Royal navy Submarine E11 on the 8th august 1915 in the Dardanelle's. with the loss of 253 Killed

SMS Kurfurst Friedrich Wilhelm. Sent in by Ian Martin.     (Image emailed by contributor. Not available for purchase.) 

SMS Kurfurst Freidrich Wilhelm.

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SMS Brandenburg

Commissioned into the German navy on the 19th November 1893. Served in overseas stations during 1900 to 1901. coming back to Hoe fleet duties end of 1901.  until 1915 when SMS Brandenburg became a coastal defence ship. also becoming accommodation ship at Libau 1916 to 1918.  was to become a target ship but work was not completed. finally broken up at Danzig in 1920.

Brandenburg, 1900s.

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SMS Weissenburg

Commissioned into the German fleet on the 14th October 1894. Sold to Turkey on the 12th October 1910 becoming Torgut Reis.  In 1924 became a naval training ship but hulked at Bosporus until 1938 when she was scrapped.

SMS Weissenburg.

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SMS W?th

Commissioned in the German navy 31st October 1893, In 1915 became a coastal defense ship, later becoming a accommodation ship at Danzig. Stricken form the list on the 13th May 1919 and broken up at Danzig

Worth.

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W?th pictured pre 1896

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SMS W?th

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Two ships of the Brandenburg Class at Port Said.

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