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FRANKFURT

 

Nationality:

Germany

Type: CL
Class: WIESBADEN - two in class
Builder: Kiel Naval Dockyard
Completed: August, 1915
Displacement: 5,180 tons

Dimensions: (in feet and inches)

476' 9" x 45' 7" x 19'
Armor:
PLACEMENT THICKNESS
Belt (waterline): 0.75" - 2.25"
Deck: 1.25" - 2.25"
Gunshields: 2"
CT: 4"
Machinery: 2-shaft Navy turbines, 14 Navy boilers (12 coal-fired, two oil-fired); 31,000shp.  Coal:  1,280 tons.  Oil:  470 tons.  Range:  4,800nm at 12 knots; 1,200nm at 25 knots.
Speed: 27.5 knots
Armament:
NUMBER SIZE MOUNTS
8 5.9" / 45 cal. 8x1
2 3.45" / 45 cal. AA 2x1
4 19.7" TT 2 submerged, 2 deck
Compliment: 474

 

 

Sister ship:  WIESBADEN

 

 

Notes:  The WIESBADEN class was part of the 1912 Program; their keels were laid down in 1913, but construction was delayed while other projects were given higher priority at the outbreak of World War I.  However, their working up program was short, and they were soon serving with the Scouting Forces.  They were regarded as good sea boats, relatively maneuverable but slow into a turn.  FRANKFURT served with the Scouting Forces throughout the war, and was present at the Battle of Jutland on 31 May 1916 as flagship of the 2nd Scouting Group, flying the flag of Rear Admiral Boedicker.  During the battle, FRANKFURT fired 379 5.9" shells and one torpedo; in return, she was hit by two 6" and two 4" shell fired by the British light cruiser CANTERBURY, which killed three and wounded 18 of her crew.  FRANKFURT was interred with the High Seas Fleet at Scapa Flow following the Armistice.  On 21 June 1919, her crew attempted to scuttle FRANKFURT along with the rest of the High Seas Fleet, but the British were able to beach her before she sank.  FRANKFURT was handed over to the United States Navy, and she was sunk as a bombing trials target on 18 June 1921 off Cape Henry, Virginia.

 

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