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KRONPRINZ

Fleet

HochSeeFlotte

Ship Type

Battleship

Nickname

Ship Class

Konig

Grouping

III Battle Squadron

Command

Builder's Yard

Germaneinschaft, Kiel

Budget Year

Construction Notes

Constructed as Ersatz Brandenberg. Cost of construcrion 45 million marks.

Date Laid Down

Launch Date

21.02.1914

Completed date

Commission date

08.11.1914

Year laid down

1911 (Nov)

Year launched

1914

Year completed

Commission Year

1914

Pennant No

Photo Details

Wikimedia Commons, SMS Kronprinz (Wilhelm) in Scapa Flow

Related stories

June 1918 re-named Kronprinz Wilhelm.

Sister ships

Markgraf, König and Grosser Kurfürst.

Eventual Fate

Scuttled in Gutter Sound, Scapa Flow, 21 June 1919

Jutland result

All action times in CETWhen König and the others were firing at the main british battle line, Kronprinz was still out of range and so concentrated on firing at the 2nd LCS. From 17:51 - 18:00 at ranges between 17,000 - 18,600 metres targeted HMS Dublin shifting her fire to Malaya at 18:08. She reported one hit (which Campbell disputes). At 18:30 she resumed fire for 6 minutes though with similar results. At 19:00 there was a british destroyer attack on the German line. Onslow fired at Kronprinz from around 8,000 yards. Both torpedoes missed. Kronprinz was actively engaged in the fusilade against Defence and after she had gone down shifted to Warrior. Some people credit her with the shot that "killed" the Defence rather than Lützow. At 20:00 scheer ordered the line to turn eastwards to disengage slightly. Markgraf, which had engine problems, fell in behind Kronprinz. By 20:18 the line was being hammered and the British could not be made out. Scheer ordered the second Turn Away .Kronprinz's position in the line was reversed and she was near the back.In the night formation was the 14th ship. Attacked at around 02:45 by 6 british destroyers. Obedient fired a torpedo which exploded about 100 yards behind her. She was undamaged (though Faulknor and Obedient both recorded hits).SHe had fired a total of 144 heavs^y shells. Her secondary armament had not been used.

Ready for action after dock repairs

Commander

Kapitän zur See Constanz Feldt

Noteable Officers

Crew complement

1,136

Officers

Ratings

Killed

Wounded

Prisoners

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)

15,000 km at 12 kts

Range (kilometres)

Fuel

Propulsion

3 Parsons steam turbines with three oil fired and 12 coal fired boilers driving three shafts rating 43,300 shp.

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

500 mm

No. Mines

Torpedo Notes

References & sources