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A 56 class

 

Nationality:

Germany

Type: Coastal torpedo boat
Class: A 56 -- 58 ships in class (37 completed)
Completed: 1917 - 1918
Displacement: 335 tons

Dimensions: (in feet and inches)

200' 6" x 21' x 7' 6"
Machinery: 2-shaft turbines, 2 Navy oil-fired boilers; 6,000shp.  Oil:  82 - 92 tons.  Range:  800nm at 20 knots
Speed: 26 (* 28) knots
Armament:
NUMBER SIZE MOUNTS
2 3.45" (88mm) / 30 cal 2x1
1 17.7" TT
Compliment: 55

 

 

Sister ships:

 

BUILDER NAME FATE
Vulcan, Settin A 56 * sunk by mine, 12 March 1918
   " A 57 * sunk by mine, 2 March 1918
   " A 58 * sunk by mine, 15 August 1918
   " A 59 * taken as Polish prize following World War I; served as SLAZAK; stricken in 1937 and broken up
   " A 60 * sunk by mine, 30 November 1917
   " A 61 * taken as English prize following World War I; broken up in 1923
   " A 62 * taken as English prize following World War I; broken up in 1923
   " A 63 * taken as French prize following World War I; broken up in 1921
   " A 64 * taken as Polish prize following World War I; served as KRAKOWIAK; scuttled on 4 September 1939
   " A 65 * taken as Brazilian prize following World War I; sold to England in 1921 and broken up in 1922
   " A 66 * taken as French prize following World War I; broken up in 1923
   " A 67 * Only 75% complete at end of World War I; broken up in 1923
Schichau, Elbing A 68 taken as Polish prize following World War I; served as KUJAWIAK; scuttled on 4 September 1939; subsequently raised and broken up
   " A 69 taken as Polish prize; traded to England for ex-German torpedo boat V 105; broken up in 1922
   " A 70 taken as Japanese prize following World War I; broken up in 1922
   " A 71 sunk by mine, 4 May 1918
   " A 72 sunk by mine, 14 May 1918
   " A 73 sunk by mine, 20 January 1918
   " A 74 taken as Brazilian prize following World War I; sold to England in 1921 and broken up in 1922
   " A 75 taken as French prize following World War I; broken up in 1923
   " A 76 taken as French prize following World War I; broken up in 1923
   " A 77 sunk by mine, 20 January 1918
   " A 78 taken as Brazilian prize following World War I; sold to England in 1921 and broken up in 1922
   " A 79 sunk by mine, 10 July 1918
Vulcan, Settin A 80 taken as Polish prize following World War I; served as GORAL, then in 1922 renamed PODHALANIN.  Stricken in 1938 and used as a target ship and fuel store; sunk by aerial bombs on 1 September 1939; subsequently raised and scrapped
   " A 81 taken as Brazilian prize following World War I; sold to England in 1921 and broken up in 1921
   " A 82 see Notes, below
Howaldtswerke, Kiel A 83 through A 85 only 40% to 60% complete at end of World War I; broken up in 1921
Vulcan, Settin A 86 taken as French prize following World War I; broken up in 1921
   " A 87 taken as Brazilian prize following World War I; sold to England in 1921 and broken up in 1922
   " A 88 taken as English prize following World War I; broken up in 1923
   " A 89 taken as English prize following World War I; broken up in 1923
   " A 90 taken as English prize following World War I; broken up in 1922
   " A 91 taken as English prize following World War I; broken up in 1923
Schichau, Elbing A 92 taken as Brazilian prize following World War I; sold to England in 1921 and broken up in 1922
   " A 93 taken as English prize following World War I; broken up in 1923
    " A 94 taken as English prize following World War I; broken up in 1923
   " A 95 taken as English prize following World War I; broken up in 1923
Vulcan, Settin A 96 through A 113 None more than 35% complete at end of World War I; broken up on stocks

 

 

Notes:  These were coastal torpedo boats of the A III type.  Boats built by different builders varied in dimensions, turbines, and details such as shape of the funnel.  The first group built at Schichau had geared turbines and only reached 5800shp and 26 knots on trials; the rest had AEG-Vulcan direct drive machinery, but only the A 55 through A 67 group made 28 knots, and the design requirement was reduced to 26 knots for later boats.  The A 56 class had excellent seakeeping qualities, and were both very maneuverable and responsive.  All were painted originally in all black or all dark gray schemes; however photos show A 92 in a "camouflage" scheme of a lighter gray, with a darker gray "silhouette" painted on her hull.  It is possible that other schemes existed.

 

A 80 was armed with a third 88mm gun in place of her torpedo tube.

 

A 82 was transferred to Pola by railway in sections to serve as a tender for the German Mediterranean submarine flotilla, and was scuttled there on 29 October 1918; raised and broken up in 1920.

 

Pictures

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Navis 68n

(as A 68)

rhenania_s005_a_58_tb_1916_-_01.jpg (19441 bytes)

Rhenania RS-05

(as A 58)

rhenania_s006_a_59_tb_1916_-_01.jpg (16830 bytes)

Rhenania RS-06

(as A 59)

rhenania_s007_krakowiak_tb_1930_-_01.jpg (20480 bytes)

Rhenania RS-07

(as KRAKOWIAK, circa 1930, ex-A 64)

rhenania_s008_a_81_tb_1917_-_01.jpg (20629 bytes)

Rhenania RS-08

(as A 81)

rhenania_s010_a_94_tb_1918_-_01.jpg (17765 bytes)

Rhenania RS-10

(as A 94)

rhenania_rs-10a_a_92_dd_1918_-_01.jpg (21964 bytes)

Rhenania RS-10a

(as A 92)

rhenania_rs-10a_a_92_dd_1918_-_02.jpg (31856 bytes)

Rhenania RS-10a

(as A 92)

rhenania_rs-10a_a_92_dd_1918_-_03.jpg (23146 bytes)

Rhenania RS-10a

(as A 92)

rhenania_rs-10a_a_92_dd_1918_-_04.jpg (18052 bytes)

Rhenania RS-10a

(as A 92)

rhenania_rs-10a_a_92_dd_1918_-_05.jpg (27895 bytes)

Rhenania RS-10a

(as A 92)

rhenania_s010a_a_92_tb_1918_-_01.jpg (18034 bytes)

Rhenania RS-10a

(as A 92)