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Type: AC
Class: ROON - two ships in class
Builder: Kiel Dockyard
Completed: April, 1906
Displacement: 10,104 tons

Dimensions: (in feet and inches)

419' 7" x 66' 4" x 25' 6"
Belt: 3.5" - 4"
Deck: 1.5"
Turrets (main): 6"
Turrets (secondary): 4"
CT: 6"
Machinery: 3 vertical 3-cyl. VTE, 16 Dürr boilers; 20,625ihp.  Coal:  1,570 tons.  Range:  4,200nm at 12 knots.
Speed: 21 knots
4 8.2" / 40 cal. 2x2
10 5.9" / 40 cal. 10x1
14 3.45" / 45 cal. 14x1
4 17.7" TT submerged
Compliment: 633



Sister ship:  YORCK



Notes:  The ROON class cruisers were slight improvements over the preceding PRINZ ADALBERT class.  The major visible difference was that they had four funnels, due to an increase in boilers from 14 to 16 -- this gave them enough power to make the ROON class one knot faster than the PRINZ ADALBERT class.  There were slight adjustments and improvements to armor; unfortunately, they were not very well protected, and were not considered particularly successful in service.  They were considered to be good sea boats, responsive to the helm, but the casemate decks were very wet in anything other than calm conditions.  After YORCK struck two mines and sank in the Jade on 4 November 1914, ROON was withdrawn from active service.  In 1916, she was disarmed and served as a accommodation ship at Kiel.  Studies were made into converting ROON into a seaplane carrier with a hangar aft carrying four seaplanes, and she was to be armed with six 5.9" and six 88mm guns.  This plan was never carried out, and ROON was stricken on 25 November 1920 and broken up in 1921 at Kiel-Nordmole.



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