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Short histories of German Cruisers from 1860 to 1945, including World War I cruisers Konigsberg, Nurnberg, Stuttgart and Stettin, Dresden Class light cruisers, Kolberg light cruisers and Magdeburg cruisers, Karlsruhe, Graudenz, Pillau, Weisbaden, Koln classes and World War II heavy cruisers Prinz Eugen, Admiral Hipper, Deutschland, Admiral Scheer, Blucher and Graf Spee. Message board for use of naval enthusiasts is available on each class.

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LIST OF GERMAN CRUISERS BUILT BETWEEN 1860 AND 1945.
NAME LAUNCH FATE
Arcona Class        wooden screw frigates
Arcona 19th May 1858 Latterly used as a target ship then scrapped in 1884.

Arcona, 1859.

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Gazelle 19th December 1859 Sold for scrap in 1904.
Vineta 4th June 1863 Sold for scrap in 1904.

Vineta, 1864.

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Vineta in dock, 1864.

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Hertha 1st October 1864 Sold for scrap in 1904.
Elisabeth 18th October 1868 Sold for scrap in 1904.
Nymphe Class            wooden flush-decked screw corvettes
Nymphe 15th April 1863 Scrapped after 1887.

Nymphe, 1870s.

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Medusa 20th October 1864 Scrapped after 1881.

Medusa, 1867.

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Augusta Class          wooden flush-decked screw corvettes
Augusta 1864 Sunk during a hurricane on 2nd June 1885, all hands lost.

Augusta, 1870.

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Victoria 1864 Scrapped in 1892.
Ariadne Class    wooden flush-decked screw corvettes               View Class
Ariadne 21st July 1871 Scrapped in 1891.
Luise 16th December 1872 Scrapped in 1897.
Freya 29th December 1874 Scrapped in 1896.

World War I Cruisers

Armoured Cruisers                             Click here to View Protected Cruisers Only

F?st Bismarck 25th September 1897 Stricken on 17th June 1919.
Prinz Heinrich 22nd March 1900 Stricken on 25th January 1920.
Prinz Adalbert Class
Prinz Adalbert 22nd June 1901 Torpedoed on 23rd October 1915.
Friedrich Carl 21st June 1902 Mined on 17th November 1914.
Roon Class
 SMS Roon 27th June 1903 Stricken on 25th November 1920.
SMS Yorck 14th May 1904 Mined on 4th November 1914
Scharnhorst Class
SMS Scharnhorst 22nd March 1906

 

Sunk on 8th December 1914.
SMS Gneisenau 14th June 1906 Sunk on 8th December 1914.

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Irene II Class
Irene 23rd July 1887 Used as a u-boat depot ship in 1914.
Prinzess Wilhelm 22nd September 1887 hulked in 1914.

Prinzess Wilhelm. c.1903

Kaiserin Augusta Class
Kaiserin Augusta 15th January 1892 Stricken on 1st October 1919.
Victoria Luise Class
Victoria Luise 23rd August 1897 Stricken on 1st October 1919. Sold and became the merchant ship Flora Sommerfeld. She was eventually scrapped in 1923.
Hertha 14th April 1897 Stricken on 6th December 1919.
Freya 27th April 1897 Stricken on 25th January 1920.
Vineta 14th April 1897 Stricken on 6th December 1919.
Hansa 12th March 1898 Stricken on 6th December 1919.

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Leipzig Class    iron flush-decked corvettes                       View Class
Leipzig 13th September 1875 Hulked in 1894.
Sedan 17th June 1876 Hulked in 1890.
Bismarck Class    iron flush-decked corvettes
Bismarck 25th July 1877 Hulked in 1891.
Bl?her 20th September 1877 Sold as a hulk in 1908.
Stosch 8th October 1877 Broken up and used for scrap in 1907.
Moltke 18th October 1877 Hulked in 1910.
Gneisenau 4th September 1879 Wrecked on 16th December 1900.
Stein 14th September 1879 Hulked in 1908.
Carola Class     iron flush-decked corvettes     View Class
Carola 27th November 1880 Broken up for scrap in 1906.
Olga 11th December 1880 Sold in 1906 and broken up for scrap two years later.
Marie 20th August 1881 Broken up for scrap in 1909.
Sophie 10th November 1881 Hulked in 1908.
Alexandrine 7th February 1885 Broken up for scrap in 1907.
Arcona 7th May 1885 Broken up for scrap in 1906.
 
Nixe      23rd July 1885 Hulked in 1911.

Nixe, c.1907.

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Charlotte 5th August 1885 Hulked in 1911.
Schwalbe Class
Schwalbe 16th August 1887 Used as a harbour ship in 1911.
Sperber 23rd August 1889 Hulked in 1912.
Bussard Class            Click to View class
Bussard 23rd January 1890 Stricken on 25th October 1912.
Falke 4th April 1891 Stricken on 25th October 1912.
Seeadler 2nd February 1892 Hulked in 1914 and then sunk on 19th April 1917.
Condor 23rd February 1992 Stricken on 18th November 1920.
Cormoran 17th May 1892 Scuttled on 28th September 1914.
Geier 18th October 1894 Captured by the US Navy in 1917 and then sunk on 21st June 1918.
 
Zieten 9th March 1876 Broken up 1921
Blitz Class    avisos
Blitz 26th August 1882 Broken up 1921
Pfeil 16th September 1882 Broken up 1922

Pfeil, 1884.

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Greif 29th July 1886 Hulked 1912
Wacht Class    avisos
Wacht 27th August 1887 Lost 4th September 1901

Wacht, 1896.

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Jagid 7th July 1888 Hulked 1910
Meteor Class   avisos
Meteor 20th January 1890 Stricken on 24th June 1911.
Comet 15th November 1892 Stricken on 24th June 1911.
 
Gefion 31st March 1898 Used as a merchant ship in 1920.
 
Hela 28th March 1895 Sunk by British Submarine E9 with the loss of two crew on 13th September 1914.
Gazelle Class           View Class
Gazelle 31st March 1898 Stricken on 28th August 1920.
Niobe 18th July 1899 Stricken on 24th June 1925.
Nymphe 21st November 1899 Stricken on 29th August 1931.
Thetis 3rd July 1900 Stricken on 27th September 1929.
Ariadne 10th August 1900 Sunk on 28th August 1914.
Amazone 6th October 1900 Stricken on 31st March 1913.
Medusa 5th December 1900 Stricken on 27th March 1929 and scuttled on 3rd May 1945.
Frauenlob 22nd March 1902 Sunk on 31st May 1916.
Arcona 22nd October 1902 Stricken on 15th January 1930, scuttled on 3rd May 1945.
Undine 11th December 1902 Sunk on 7th November 1915.
Bremen Class                     View Class
SMS Bremen 9th July 1903 Mined on 17th December 1915.
SMS Hamburg 25th July 1903 Stricken on 31st March 1931.
SMS Berlin 22nd September 1903 Hulked in 1935, scuttled in 1947.
SMS L?eck 26th March 1904 Stricken on 5th November 1919.
M?chen 30th April 1904 Stricken on 5th November 1919.
Leipzig 21st March 1905 Sunk 8th December 1914.
Danzig 23rd September 1905 Stricken on 5th November 1919.
Koningsberg Class                           View Class
Kb>nigsberg 12th December 1905 Scuttled on 11th July 1915.
Nurnberg 29th August 1908 Sunk on 8th December 1914.
Stuttgart 22nd September 1906 Broken up in 1921.
Stettin 7th July 1907 Broken up over the years 1921-23.
Dresden Class
Dresden 5th October 1907 Scuttled 14th March 1915.
Emden 26th May 1908 Sunk 9th November 1914.
Kolberg Class                         View Class
Kolberg 14th November 1908 Broken up in 1929.
Mainz 23rd January 1909 Sunk on 28th August 1914.
Coln (or K?n) 5th June 1909 Sunk on 28th August 1914.
Augsberg 10th July 1909 Broken up in 1922.
Magdeburg Class                       View Class
Magdeburg 13th May 1911 Sunk on 26th August 1914.
Breslau 16th May 1911 Sunk on 20th January 1918.
Strassburg 24th August 1911 Sunk on 23rd October 1943
Stralsund 4th November 1911 Broken up in 1935.
Karlsruhe Class                     View Class
Karlsruhe 11th November 1912 Sunk on 4th November 1914.
Rostock 11th December 1912 Sunk on 1st June 1916.
Graudenz Class                        View Class
Graudenz 25th October 1913 Ceded to Italy in 1921.and became Ancona broken up in 1938
Regensburg 25th April 1914 Ceded to France 1920. and became the new Strasbourg she was broken up in 1944
Pillau Class
Pillau 11th April 1914 Ceded to Italy 1921. and became Bari. Sunk in 1943 by US aircraft 
Elbing 21st November 1914 Sunk on 1st June 1916. 
Wiesbaden Class                      View Class
Wiesbaden 30th January 1915 Sunk on 1st June 1916.
Frankfurt 20th March 1915 Sunk 18th July 1921.
K?igsberg II Class                   View Class
K?igsberg ii 18th December 1915 Ceded to France in 1920.
Karlsruhe ii 31st January 1916 Scuttled 21st June 1919.
Emden ii 1st February 1916 Broken up 16th December 1926.
N?nberg ii 14th April 1916 Sunk 7th July 1922.
C?n Class
C?n ii 5th October 1916 Scuttled 21st June 1919.
Wiesbaden ii 3rd March 1917 Broken up in 1920.
Dresden ii 25th April 1917 Scuttled 21st June 1919.

Dresden, 1919.

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Dresden, 1919.

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Leipzig Class
Leipzig 13th September 1875 Hulked in 1894.
Sedan 17th June 1876 Hulked in 1890.
Bismarck Class
Bismarck 25th July 1877 Hulked in 1891.
Bl?her 20th September 1877 Sold as a hulk in 1908.
Stosch 8th October 1877 Broken up and used for scrap in 1907.
Moltke 18th October 1877 Hulked in 1910.
Gneisenau 4th September 1879 Wrecked on 16th December 1900.
Stein 14th September 1879 Hulked in 1908.
Olga Class
Carola 27th November 1880 Broken up for scrap in 1906.
Olga 11th December 1880 Sold in 1906 and broken up for scrap two years later.
Marie 20th August 1881 Broken up for scrap in 1909.
Sophie 10th November 1881 Hulked in 1908.
Alexandrine 7th February 1885 Broken up for scrap in 1907.
Arcona 7th May 1885 Broken up for scrap in 1906.
Nixe Class
Nixe 23rd July 1885 Hulked in 1911.
Charlotte Class
Charlotte 5th August 1885 Hulked in 1911.
Schwalbe Class
Schwalbe 16th August 1887 Used as a harbour ship in 1911.
Sperber 23rd August 1889 Hulked in 1912.
Meteor Class
Meteor 20th January 1890 Stricken on 24th June 1911.
Comet 15th November 1892 Stricken on 24th June 1911.
Bussard Class   Click to View class
Bussard 23rd January 1890 Stricken on 25th October 1912.
Falke 4th April 1891 Stricken on 25th October 1912.
Seeadler 2nd February 1892 Hulked in 1914 and then sunk on 19th April 1917.
Condor 23rd February 1992 Stricken on 18th November 1920.
Cormoran 17th May 1892 Scuttled on 28th September 1914.
Geier 18th October 1894 Captured by the US Navy in 1917 and then sunk on 21st June 1918.
Hela 28th March 1895 Sunk on 13th September 1914.
Gefion 31st March 1898 Used as a merchant ship in 1920.
Gazelle Class     View Class
Gazelle 31st March 1898 Stricken on 28th August 1920.
Niobe 18th July 1899 Stricken on 24th June 1925.
Nymphe 21st November 1899 Stricken on 29th August 1931.
Thetis 3rd July 1900 Stricken on 27th September 1929.
Ariadne 10th August 1900 Sunk on 28th August 1914.
Amazone 6th October 1900 Stricken on 31st March 1913.
Medusa 5th December 1900 Stricken on 27th March 1929 and scuttled on 3rd May 1945.
Frauenlob 22nd March 1902 Sunk on 31st May 1916.
Arcona 22nd October 1902 Stricken on 15th January 1930, scuttled on 3rd May 1945.
Undine 11th December 1902 Sunk on 7th November 1915.
Bremen Class
Bremen 9th July 1903 Mined on 17th December 1915.
Hamburg 25th July 1903 Stricken on 31st March 1931.
Berlin 22nd September 1903 Hulked in 1935, scuttled in 1947.
L?eck 26th March 1904 Stricken on 5th November 1919.
M?chen 30th April 1904 Stricken on 5th November 1919.
Leipzig 21st March 1905 Sunk 8th December 1914.
Danzig 23rd September 1905 Stricken on 5th November 1919.
Koningsberg Class                           View Class
Kb>nigsberg 12th December 1905 Scuttled on 11th July 1915.
Nurnberg 29th August 1908 Sunk on 8th December 1914.
Stuttgart 22nd September 1906 Broken up in 1921.
Stettin 7th July 1907 Broken up over the years 1921-23.
Dresden Class
Dresden 5th October 1907 Scuttled 14th March 1915.
Emden 26th May 1908 Sunk 9th November 1914.
Kolberg Class View Class
Kolberg 14th November 1908 Broken up in 1929.
Mainz 23rd January 1909 Sunk on 28th August 1914.
Coln (or K?n) 5th June 1909 Sunk on 28th August 1914.
Augsberg 10th July 1909 Broken up in 1922.
Magdeburg Class                       View Class
Magdeburg 13th May 1911 Sunk on 26th August 1914.
Breslau 16th May 1911 Sunk on 20th January 1918.
Strassburg 24th August 1911 Sunk on 23rd October 1943
Stralsund 4th November 1911 Broken up in 1935.
Karlsruhe Class  Click to View Class
Karlsruhe 11th November 1912 Sunk on 4th November 1914.
Rostock 11th December 1912 Sunk on 1st June 1916.
Graudenz Class
Graudenz 25th October 1913 Ceded to Italy in 1921.and became Ancona broken up in 1938
Regensburg 25th April 1914 Ceded to France 1920. and became the new Strasbourg she was broken up in 1944
Pillau Class
Pillau 11th April 1914 Ceded to Italy 1921. and became Bari. Sunk in 1943 by US aircraft 
Elbing 21st November 1914 Sunk on 1st June 1916. 
Wiesbaden Class
Wiesbaden 30th January 1915 Sunk on 1st June 1916.
Frankfurt 20th March 1915 Sunk 18th July 1921.
K?igsberg II Class  View Class
K?igsberg ii 18th December 1915 Ceded to France in 1920.
Karlsruhe ii 31st January 1916 Scuttled 21st June 1919.
Emden ii 1st February 1916 Broken up 16th December 1926.
N?nberg ii 14th April 1916 Sunk 7th July 1922.
C?n Class
C?n ii 5th October 1916 Scuttled 21st June 1919.
Wiesbaden ii 3rd March 1917 Broken up in 1920.
Dresden ii 25th April 1917 Scuttled 21st June 1919.

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Blucher (Armoured Cruiser) 11th April 1908 Sunk at the battle of Dogger Bank 24th January 1915
 
Von Der Tann 20th March 1909 Scuttled 21st June 1919. at Scapa Flow and raised  in 1934 for scrap
Moltke  Class                       View Class
Moltke 7th April 1910 Scuttled at Scapa Flow 21st June 1919
Goeben 28th March 1911 Broken up 1971
 
Seydlitz 30th March 1912 Scuttled 21st June 1919. at Scapa Flow and raised  in 1934 for scrap
 
Hindenburg 1st August 1915 Scuttled 21st June 1919. at Scapa Flow and raised  in 1934 for scrap
Derflinger Class Battlecruiser
Derflinger 1st June 1913 Scuttled 21st June 1919. at Scapa Flow and raised  in 1934 for scrap
Lutzow 29th November 1913 Sunk 1st June 1916 at Jutland
Mackensen   Class
Mackensen 21st April1917 Broken up 1923 - 1924
Ersatz Freya 13th March 1920 to clear slipway  Broken up incomplete 1920 - 1922
Graf Spee 315th September 1917 Broken up incomplete 1921 - 1922
Ersatz A Broken up incomplete on Slipway  Broken up on slipway 1922

Minelayers

Nautilus Class
Nautilus 20th August 1906 Broken up in 1928.

Nautilus.

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Albatross 23rd October 1907 Sunk on 2nd July 1915 and subsequently broken up in 1921.

SMS Albatross.  Sent in by Terence Malone

Brummer Class Cruiser Minelayer
Brummer 11th December 1915 Scuttled 21st June 1919.

Brummer, 1919.

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Bremse 11th March 1916 Scuttled 21st June 1919.

Bremse, 1919.

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World War II Cruisers

Deutschland Class                                View Class 
Deutschland 19th May 1931 Scuttled on 4th May 1945.
Admiral Scheer 1st April 1933 Sunk on 9th April 1945.
Admiral Graf Spee 30th June 1934 Scuttled on 17th December 1939.
Hipper Class
Admiral Hipper 6th February 1937 Scuttled in May 1945.
Bl?her 8th June 1937 Sunk on 9th April 1940.
Prinz Eugen 22nd August 1938 Sunk on 22nd December 1946.
Emden Class
Emden 7th January 1925 Scuttled on 3rd May 1945.
'K' Class German Cruisers Click to View Class
KMS Koningsburg 26th March 1927 Sunk on 10th April 1940.
KMS Karlsruhe 20th August 1927 Sunk on 9th April 1940.
KMS K?n 23rd May 1928 Sunk on 30th April 1945.
 
Leipzig 18th October 1929 Scuttled 16th December 1946.
N?nberg Class Click to View
KMS N?nberg 6th December 1934 Given to the Russian Navy in 1946.
Hipper Class  Heavy Cruisers       View Class
Admiral Hipper 6th February 1937 Scuttled in May 1945.
Bl?her 8th June 1937 Sunk on 9th April 1940.
Prinz Eugen 22nd August 1938 Sunk on 22nd December 1946.
Lutzow 1st July 1939 Sold to Russia 1940. bombed at Leningrad 1941/1942
Seydlitz 19th January 1939 1942 work started to convert to aircraft carrier, never completed and Finally Scuttled at Konigsberg 10th may 1945