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 SMS Amazone of the gazelle light cruiser class, Built at Germaniawerfr and laid down in 1899, launched 6th October 1900 and completed 15th November 1901. SMS Amazone served with the fleet and as a training ship between 1900 and 1914, when war broke out SMS Amazone was used for coastal defence, and disarmed in 1916 to become a submarine school target ship.  SMS Amazone became a accommodation ship in 1917 at Kiel. Remained in service after the war and in the 1921/1923 was refitted and re armed  at Wilhelmshaven Navy yard for fleet service but on 31st march 1931 Amazone was once again to become an accommodation hulk for displaced people. at Bremen.  survived the war and finally scrapped  in 1954 at Hamburg.  

Displacement: 3033 tons. Speed: 23 Knots. Compliment 249 - 303.Armament: Ten 105mm, ten machine Guns, Two submerged 450mm (18 inch) Torpedo Tubes. later increased to 500mm TT.

Amazone 6th October 1900 Stricken on 31st March 1913.
Gazelle class light cruiser Amazone was remarkably fast and therefore often used as a scouting ship. Her displacement was 2,645 tons, speed of 22.3 knots and her heaviest gun was a 4.1 inch. Taken off active service in the middle of the great war this class of ship were broken up and scrapped between 1929 and 1931.
"In 1900 the German Navy  received many additions, for the new energy in ship-building began to bear fruit, and within a comparatively brief period The German Imperial navy soon became a formidable force able to play larger part in the world's affairs. The Amazone which was launched at Kiel on October 6, is a cruiser of 2,800 tons, one of a useful class of which others are now in hand at Danzig and Wilhelmshaven. For protection they have a steel deck, and they carry ten 4.1 in and fourteen 1 pdr Krupp quick-firers, besides a torpedo armament of one above water and two submerged torpedo tubes. Water-tube boilers and engines of 9,000 horse-power are to give a speed of 21 knots."

Source: Navy & Army Illustrated Oct 20th 1900.

Crew of the Amazone ashore.

A reproduction of this original photo / photo-postcard size 10" x 7" approx available.  Order photograph here  ? Walker Archive. Order Code PGC031

Amazone c.1924 

A reproduction of this original photo / photo-postcard size 10" x 7" approx available.  Order photograph here  ? Walker Archive. Order Code PGC032