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SMS Helgoland. German Battleship of the Helgoland class  Ordered in the 1908 Budget and completed in 1911  Built by Howardtswerke at Kiel and laid down on the 24th December 1908, launched 25th September . and completed 19th December 1911.  First German battleships to be armed with 12 inch main guns, More space than the Westfalen class, a greater beam allowed the Turrets to be placed further inboard which gave more protection to the magazines. between 1915 to 1917, the 3.4 inch guns were removed and replaced with four 3.4 inch  Anti aircraft guns. Served in the Battle of Jutland , and received one hit, repairs only took a few days and she was repaired and ready for action of the 16th Ju8ne 1916.  She was stricken on the 5th November 1919 and surrendered to the UK on the 5th august 1920. to replace one of the ships which had been scuttled earlier. Used for experimental purposes. and finally scrapped  at Morecombe in 1924.

Displacement   22,800 TONS,  

DIMENSIONS 546FT (166M) X 93.5FT(28.5M) X 27.5FT(8.9M)

SPEED 20.5 KNOTS TO 21 KNOTS

ARMAMENT  TWELVE 12-INCH GUNS IN PAIRS IN SIX TURRETS.  FOURTEEN 5.9INCH SINGLE GUNS, AND  FOURTEEN  3.4INCH SINGLE GUNS   LATER IN 1917 THE 3.4 INCH GUNS REMOVED AND REPLACED WITH  TWO TO FOUR 3.4 INCH ANTI AIRCRAFT GUNS. SIX 20 INCH TORPEDO TUBES (SUBMERGED).       

COMPLIMENT OF 1100 TO 1390  (1284 to 1390 during the Battle of Jutland ) 

SMS Helgoland. c.1910

A reproduction of this original photo / photo-postcard size 10" x 7" approx available.  Order photograph here  ? Walker Archive. Order Code PGB083

SMS Helgoland.

A reproduction of this original photo / photo-postcard size 10" x 7" approx available.  Order photograph here  ? Walker Archive. Order Code PGB084

SMS Helgoland.

A reproduction of this original photo / photo-postcard size 10" x 7" approx available.  Order photograph here  ? Walker Archive. Order Code PGB085

Helgoland.

A reproduction of this original photo / photo-postcard size 10" x 7" approx available.  Order photograph here  ? Walker Archive. Order Code PGB086

SMS Helgoland.

A reproduction of this original photo / photo-postcard size 10" x 7" approx available.  Order photograph here  ? Walker Archive. Order Code PGB082

SMS Helgoland 

A reproduction of this original photo / photo-postcard size 10" x 7" approx available.  Order photograph here  ? Walker Archive. Order Code PGB087

Helgoland.  Thanks to Norman Coleman

HELGOLAND  build by Howaldtswerke at Kiel and launched on the 25th September 1909. on the 31stMay 1916 took part in the Battle of Jutland, stricken on the 5th November 1919 and was surrendered to Britain on the 5th August 1920,  as a replacement for a scuttled battleship at Scapa Flow. Scrapped  at Morecambe 1924.