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B.98

Fleet

HochSeeFlotte

Ship Type

Destroyer

Nickname

Ship Class

Grouping

II Torpedo Boat Flotilla (II Scouting group).Flotilla leader

Command

Builder's Yard

Blohm und Voss, Hamburg

Budget Year

Construction Notes

Date Laid Down

Launch Date

02.01.1915

Completed date

Commission date

Year laid down

Year launched

Year completed

Commission Year

Pennant No

Photo Details

The ship in the back is identified as a a Destroyer Torpedoboat of the II. Flottille (Flottillenchef: Fregattenkapitän Heinrich Schuur). It is the Torpedoboot-Zerstörer S.M.S. “B 98” (Flottillenführerboot): Kapitänleutnant Theodor Hengstenberg. It was made around 1914 by Blohm and Voss, hence the prefix B. The B.98 saw quite some action, it was hit by a torpedo once and hit a mine, both with casualties, but they always reached the harbor for repairs. This ship was part of a large Imperial fleet which fought at the battle of Jutland in 1916 (Skagerrakschlacht). The British had 151 combat ships vs the 99 German ones.After the surrender of Germany, the British massed a large fleet of German ships in the Scapa flow (at the Scottish island of Mainland. Ludwig Von Reuter, commander of the fleet ordered to sink their own ships, rather than handing them over to the British. The B98 survived this along with 7 other boats, but over 50 were destroyed. The British did end up scrapping the survivors later anyway.

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Sister ships

Eventual Fate

Became the mail delivery boat in Scapa Flow

Jutland result

Ready for action after dock repairs

Commander

Kapitänleutnant Theodor Hengstenberg

Noteable Officers

Crew complement

114

Officers

Ratings

Killed

2

Wounded

11

Prisoners

1

Displacement full Load (tons)

Artefacts Data

Ship's Model

Length (ft)

321' 6"

Length (mtrs)

Beam (ft)

30' 6"

Beam (mtrs)

Draught (ft)

10' 3"

Draught (mtrs)

Max. Speed (knots)

35.5 - 36.5

Range (miles)

Range (kilometres)

Fuel

oil

Propulsion

2 shaft oil fired turbines, with rated shp 36,000 - 40,000

Armour Main Belt

Deck Armour

Turret Armour IN CM

Conning Tower Armour

Barbette Armour

Weight of armour

Armour / Displacement Ratio

Watertight compartments

General Notes

Fire Control Table

Fire Control - Clock

Primary Gun calibre

No. Primary Turrets

Guns (No.barrels)

Primary gun layout

Rounds per main gun

Effective broadside guns

Primary shell Weight (inches or cm)

Primary Broadside Weight

Secondary Gun Calibre

Guns (No.barrels) 2

Rounds per secondary

Other Armament

Four 3.4" guns, Re-armed with Four 4.1" guns 1916. 24 mines

Elevation (degrees)

Gunnery Range (yards)

Gunnery Range (metres)

Rate of Fire (rds per minute)

Shells expended Main

Mines dropped

Shells expended Secondary

Torpedoes fired

Gunnery Notes

Torpedo Type IN

20"

No. tubes

6

Torpedo Type MM

500 mm

No. Mines

Torpedo Notes

Layout two double tubes, two singles.

References & sources

John C Taylor German Warships of World War One. Tarant Jutland.The German Perspective