SMS Hertha

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  SMS Hertha armoured cruiser of the Victoria Luise class. Built by A G Vulcan at Stettin, laid down in 1896 launched 14th April 1897 and completed 27th July 1898. The Victoria Luise class Cruisers were intended for Colonial Service.  where she serveed until 1905 She was re-boilered during refit in 1906 - 1908 at Kiel Dockyard. becoming two funneled instead of three. After 1908  SMS Hertha became a cadet training ship in 1908 and at the outbreak of war she was mobilized into the 5th Scouting group which was the cruiser training squadron. in the Baltic this only lasted until the end of 1914. when she was again de commissioned and used as accommodation ship. Disarmed in 1916 finally stricken on the 6th December 1919 and scrapped  1920  at Audorf-Rendsburg. 

Displacement: 5,800 tons to 6,389 tons.  Speed: 18.5 knots,  Coal Fired  Compliment; 477   Armament: Two 210mm (8.2 inch) guns  Eight 150mm (5.9 inch guns) Ten 88mm  (3.4 inch ) Ten machine guns and Three 450mm (18 inch) Torpedo Tubes (1 bow and Two Stern) all submerged

SMS Hertha

A reproduction of this original photo / photo-postcard size 10" x 7" approx available.  Order photograph here  ? Walker Archive. Order Code PGC018


SMS Hertha. Photo sent in by Carol Geeves

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.