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GROSSE KURFÜRST

Fleet

HochSeeFlotte

Ship Type

Battleship

Nickname

Ship Class

König

Grouping

III Battle Squadron

Command

Builder's Yard

Germaneinschaft, Kiel

Budget Year

Construction Notes

cost 45 million marks

Date Laid Down

Launch Date

05.05.1913

Completed date

Commission date

30.07.1913

Year laid down

1911 (Oct)

Year launched

1913

Year completed

Commission Year

1913

Pennant No

Photo Details

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Sister ships

König, Markgraf and Kronprinz

Eventual Fate

Scuttled in Gutter Sound, Scapa Flow, 21 June 1919

Jutland result

2nd in the battle line behind König. GK engaged Princess Royal at 21,000 yards after Scheer closed in at 17:45 to get the British battle-cruiser range. 18:00 shifted fire to Valiant "after the faster British ships began to pull away from their pursuers" (Wiki). Straddled her 4 times but incorrectly claimed a hit.18:09 GK hit by a 15" shell from Malaya or Warspite, The hell hit the water and impact around 85' from the bow. GK's secondary battery engaged a British destroyer(probably Moorson) and claimed three hits. Fired at 18:22 at Moresby but without any hits. After 19:00 fired at very close range at Defence which blew up and sank at 19:19. Then GK under fire from British battle line and hit 7 times 20:18 to 20:19, three of which were 13.5" shells from Marlborough. Barham or Valiant's 15" were the remainder. Destroyed the port side No.2 wing gun while the other hit the main belt causing 4 degree list after she took on around 800 tons of water (By the time she reached home waters, she'd taken on around 3,000 tons).In the night formation was the 15th ship. Attacked at around 02:45 by 6 british destroyers. GK managed to hit one with 15 cm fire (the Nessus) and disabled her boilers.

Ready for action after dock repairs

16.07.1916

Commander

Kapitän zur See Erns Goette

Noteable Officers

Crew complement

1,131

Officers

41

Ratings

Killed

15

Wounded

10

Prisoners

25

Displacement full Load (tons)

28,600

Artefacts Data

Ship's Model

Length (ft)

575' 6"

Length (mtrs)

175.4

Beam (ft)

96' 9"

Beam (mtrs)

29.5

Draught (ft)

30' 2"

Draught (mtrs)

9.19

Max. Speed (knots)

21.2

Range (miles)

9,200 miles at 12 kts

Range (kilometres)

Fuel

Mixed - coal and fuel oil

Propulsion

3 AEG Vulkan steam turbines driving three shafts rating. Steam was raised from three oil fired and 12 coal fired Schulz-Thorneycroft boilers.

Armour Main Belt

14" (350 mm)

Deck Armour

1.2" (30 mm)

Turret Armour IN CM

12" (300 mm)

Conning Tower Armour

12" (300 mm)

Barbette Armour

Weight of armour

Armour / Displacement Ratio

Watertight compartments

General Notes

Fire Control Table

Fire Control - Clock

Primary Gun calibre

30.5 cm (12”) SK L/50 guns

No. Primary Turrets

5

Guns (No.barrels)

10

Primary gun layout

Rounds per main gun

Effective broadside guns

Primary shell Weight (inches or cm)

Primary Broadside Weight

Secondary Gun Calibre

15 cm (5.9”) SK L/45 guns

Guns (No.barrels) 2

14

Rounds per secondary

Other Armament

Ten 8.8 cm SK / 28 guns

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

19.7"

No. tubes

5

Torpedo Type MM

300 mm

No. Mines

Torpedo Notes

References & sources