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Type: AC
Class: only ship in class
Builder: Kiel Naval Dockyard
Commissioned: October, 1909
Displacement: 15,590 tons

Dimensions: (in feet and inches)

530' 6" x 80' 3" x 26' 3"
Belt: 2.4" - 7"
Bulkheads: 3.2" - 6"
Battery: 5.5"
Barbettes: 7"
Turrets: 2.4" - 7"
CT: 3.2" - 10"
Machinery: 3-shaft, 4-cyl. VTE; 18 Schulz-Thornycroft boilers; 34,000ihp.  Coal:  2,260 tons.  Range:  6,600nm at 12 knots / 3,520nm at 18 knots
Speed: 24.25 knots
12 8.2" / 45 cal. 6x2
8 5.9" / 45 cal. 8x1
16 3.45" / 45 cal. 16x1
4 17.7" TT submerged
Compliment: 847



Sister ships:  none



Notes:  Built as an improvement on the preceding SCHARNHORST class, and as a reply to the British INVINCIBLE class, which the Germans believed were to be armored cruisers mounting the then-standard 9.2" guns.  While building, the true details were learned of the INVINCIBLE class (which became the first battlecruisers), but construction was too far advanced to make changes in arms or armor.  Except for the proportionally smaller turrets, BLÜCHER's general appearance was similar to contemporary German battleships.  During trials, BLÜCHER achieved a top speed of 25.86 knots.  In service, BLÜCHER was noted as a good sea boat.  She was commissioned in September 1909 into the High Seas Fleet.  BLÜCHER served as a gunnery training ship from 1911 through 1914.  A tripod mast, the first in any German ship, was fitted in 1913.  BLÜCHER saw service with the High Seas fleet during World War I.  On 24 January 1915 at the Battle of Dogger Bank, BLÜCHER, at the end of the retreating German line and drawing the concentrated fire of at least three battlecruisers, was hit by over 70 shells (50 heavy) and seven 21" torpedoes and sank; 792 of her crew perished.



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