Kaiser Klasse

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Die Geschichte der deutschen Schlachtschiffe der Kaiser Klasse. Schlachtschiffe der Kaiserlichen w?rend des ersten Weltkrieges.

The Pre Dreadnaught Battleships of the Kaiser Class. Kaiser Freidrich III, Kaiser Wilhelm II, Kaiser Wilhelm der Grosse and Kaiser Barbarossa. This class of Battleships were named after German Emperors. On Commissioning  into the German Imperial navy they joined the 1st Squadron Home fleet (Heimatflotte). The Kaiser Wilhelm II had been the Flagship of the German navy until 1906. After 1910 they formed the 3rd Squadron of the High seas Fleet. Placed into reserve a few years before the outbreak of World war One.  At the Outbreak of war they were placed into the 5th Squadron until February 1915, when the 5th squadron was withdrawn from active service.   Kaiser Wilhelm der Grosse became a torpedo training ship, Kaiser Wilhelm II became a HQ ship for the German C in C. and the others became floating prisons. Finally all being broken up in 1920 and 1921.

Kaiser Freidrich III  Built at Wilhelmshaven and launched 31st July 1896, completed and commissioned 7th October 1898. In 1916 became a barrack Ship for prisoners at Keil. and in moving in 1917 to Flensburg, anbd again to Swinemunde. Stricken on the 6th December 1919.   Broken up 1920 at Keil-Nordmol. Kaiser Freidrich III, Bow ornament is in the army museum at Dresden. 

Kaiser Wilhelm II  Built at Wilhelmshaven and launched 14th September 1897, and completed 7th October 1898  commissioned into the fleet as Flagship on the 4th February 1902. until 1906. After 1910 became part of the 3rd squadron of the High seas fleet along with all her sister ships In 1916 became a barrack ship for Prisoners at Wilhelmshaven, Stricken on the 6th December 1919 and scrapped 1921 at Ronnebeck.

Kaiser Wilhelm De Grosse Built at Germaniawerft and launched 18th October 1899 and completed 4th February 1902. Served with the fleet until 1916 when she became a harbour ship at Keil, and then in 1917 became a torpedo target ship. Stricken on the 6th December 1919 and Scrapped and bracken up 1920 at Kiel-Nordmole

Kaiser Barbarossa  built at Schichau and launched 21st April 1900 and completed 10th June 1901. served with the fleet until  1916 and then became prison ship at Wilhelmshaven. stricken 6th December 1919 and finally bracken up in 1920. at Rustringen

Length: 377 ft.   Beam: 66 ft.   Draught: 25 ft 9 ins.   Armament: 9.4 in breech-loaders, 5.9in quick firers, 3.4 in quick firers and 1 pdr revolving guns as well as six torpedo tubes. Compliment 651  (except Kaiser Wilhelm II as fleet flagship a compliment of 713 )  Speed. 17 knots   Displacement 11,599 tons 

Kaiser Friedrich III 31st July 1896 Stricken 6th December 1919, BU
Kaiser Wilhelm II 14th September 1897 Stricken 6th December 1919, BU
Kaiser Wilhelm Der Grosse 1st June 1899 Stricken 17th March 1921, BU
Kaiser Karl Der Grosse 18th October 1899 Stricken 6th December 1919, BU
Kaiser Barbarossa 21st April 1900 Stricken 6th December 1919, BU

Kaiser Karl Der Grosse

Kaiser Karl der Grosse, 23rd July 1905.

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SMS Kaiser Karl der Grosse

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Kaiser Karl der Grosse was the only battleship ever launched at Hamburg up to 1900.

Kaiser Barbarossa

The Battleship Kaiser Barbarossa in 1902.

The Kaiser Barbarossa was the newest of the Kaiser class of German battleships, sister ships being Kaiser Friederich III, Kaiser Wilhelm II, Kaiser Wilhelm der Grosse and Kaiser Karl der Grosse. She was launched at Danzig on April 24th 1900.

 

Battleships of the Kaiser Class.

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