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Notes: FÜRST BISMARCK was Germany's first armored cruiser. However, apart from her thicker belt armor and more (and heavier) guns, she was an enlarged version of the VICTORIA LOUISE class protected cruisers. She was regarded as a good sea boat, and noted as very responsive to the helm. FÜRST BISMARCK was wood-sheathed for service in tropical waters, which is where she spent the first decade of her service. She was rebuilt in 1910 and again in 1915, but only saw brief service in World War I as a coast defense ship before being disarmed and used to train stokers. In 1919, she served as an office ship. FÜRST BISMARCK was broken up in 1919-20 at Audorf-Rendsburg.