Westfalen

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SMS Westfalen of the Nassau Class German battleships. Being the first Dreadnaughts of the German Imperial navy, some short comings showed up, the Main Armament turret formation gave only a 8 gun broadside,  and very cramped living conditions for their crew of 963. they has a comparatively short length but a broad beam which gave a stable platform for their 11inch guns

SMS Westfalen  was built at AG Weser at Bremen and laid down on the 12th August 1907. and launched 1st July 1908 commissioned into the German navy on the  16th November 1909.  SMS Westfalen served at the Battle of Jutland . where she received shell damage. and on the 19th August 1916, was torpedoed amidships by Royal navy Submarine E23 in the North Sea, she took on over 800 tons of water and although sagging at the bulkheads she managed to get back to harbour at  14 knots  and on 1st September 1918 used as an artillery training ship. Stricken 5th November 1919 and  Surrendered on the 5th August 1920. and allocated to UK for scrapping. scrapped at Birkinhead in 1924.

SHIPS DETAILS.

DISPLACEMENT  18,900 tons to 20,535 tons,  DIMENSIONS  478FT(145.6M) X 89FT(26.9M) X 27.5FT(8.8M)    COMPLIMENT  963 TO 1130

SPEED 19 TO 20 KNOTS.     RANGE, 8,380 NM AT 10KNOTS,  2,800NM AT 19KNOTS

ARMAMENT    TWELVE 11-INCH IN  ( 6 X 2 ) SIX TURRETS  TWELVE 5.9 INCH SINGLE GUNS  SIXTEEN 3.4 INCH SINGLE GUNS.   SUBMERGED TORPEDO TUBES, SIX 18INC H TORPEDOES

 

SMS Westfalen 1st July 1908 Scrapped at Birkenhead 1924
SMS Nassau 7th March 1908 Scrapped in Dordrecht 1920.
SMS Posen 12th December 1908 Scrapped in Dordrecht 1921.
SMS Rhineland 26th September 1908 Scrapped in Dordrecht 1922.
WESTFALEN  Built by A G Weser at Bremen and launched on the 1st of July 1908.  Saw her first action at the Battle of Jutland, where she received shell damage. and on the 19th August 1916, was torpedoed amidships by Royal navy Submarine E23 in the North Sea, she took on over 800 tons of water and although sagging at the bulkheads she managed to get back to harbour at  14 knots. The Westfalen became a gunnery training ship on the 1st September 1918. Surrendering to Britain on the 5th August 1920. and was scrapped at Birkenhead in 1924.

SMS Westfalen

A reproduction of this original photo / photo-postcard size 10" x 7" approx available.  Order photograph here  ? Walker Archive. Order Code PGB073

Westfalen.

A reproduction of this original photo / photo-postcard size 10" x 7" approx available.  Order photograph here  ? Walker Archive. Order Code PGB074