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B 97 class

 

Nationality:

Germany

Type: DD
Class: B 97 - eight in class
Builder: Blohm and Voss
Completed: December, 1914 - June, 1915
Displacement: 1,347 (* 1350) tons

Dimensions: (in feet and inches)

321' 6" (* 324' 9") x 30' 10" x 11' 3"
Machinery: 2-shaft Navy (* AEG-Vulcan) turbines; 4 Navy oil-fired boilers; 40,000shp.  Oil:  527 (* 519) tons.  Range:  2,600nm
Speed: 36.5 knots
Armament:
NUMBER SIZE MOUNTS
4 3.45" / 45 cal. 4x1
6 19.7" TT 2x1, 2x2
24 mines
Compliment: 114

 

 

Ships in class:  

 

NAME FATE
B 97 Following WW I, taken as Italian prize and re-named CESARE ROSSARIL; broken up in 1937
B 98 Following WW I, requisitioned in June 1919 as a post boat; taken as a British prize and broken up
V 99 * Scuttled and sunk on 17 August 1915 after sustaining severe battle damage in a battle with Russian surface forces; 21 dead
V 100 * Following WW I, interred at Scapa Flow; attempt to scuttle on 21 June 1919 was unsuccessful; taken as a French prize and broken up in 1921.  Boilers re-used in French destroyer AVENTURIER.
B 109 Following WW I, interred at Scapa Flow; scuttled on 21 June 1919; raised and broken up in 1926.
B 110 Following WW I, interred at Scapa Flow; scuttled on 21 June 1919; raised and broken up in 1925.
B 111 Following WW I, interred at Scapa Flow; scuttled on 21 June 1919; raised and broken up in 1926.
B 112 Following WW I, interred at Scapa Flow; scuttled on 21 June 1919; raised and broken up in 1926.

 

 

Notes:  Laid down as torpedo boat destroyers under a Russian contract (to be the LEITENANT ILYIN, KAPITAN KONONZOTOV, GAVRILIL and MIKHAIL); upon outbreak of World War I and against the opposition of torpedo authorities (von Tirpitz overruled them), they were requisitioned by the German Navy, redesigned, and an additional four ships ordered.  At the time of their launch, they were the fastest and most-heavily armed German destroyers.  They were regarded as good sea boats, but noted for having a poor turning circle.  In 1916, the entire class was re-armed with 4.1" guns replacing the 3.45" guns.  All saw active duty during World War I. 

 

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