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OLDENBURG

Fleet

HochSeeFlotte

Ship Type

Battleship

Nickname

Ship Class

Helgoland

Grouping

I Division, I Battle Squadron

Command

Scheer

Builder's Yard

Shichau Werke, Danzig

Budget Year

Construction Notes

Ersatz Frithjof (replacement for old coastal defence vessel)

Date Laid Down

01.03.1909

Launch Date

30.06.1910

Completed date

Commission date

01.05.1912

Year laid down

Year launched

Year completed

Commission Year

Pennant No

Photo Details

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Sister ships

Helgoland, Ostfriesland and Thüringen

Eventual Fate

Jutland result

All actions are stated in CET.Started as the fourth ship in the I Division, behind Helgoland and ahead of Posen. At 18:30 confronted Nestor and Nomad. OLdeburg helped destroy Nestor which sank at 18:35. After 19:15 fired and straddled Warspite but had to retire quickly.During the night formation, Oldenburg was fifth ship in the line.At 01:10 battled with the six destroyers of the 4th DF. Fired on Porpoise and Fortune at close range although Fortune put a 4" shell into the searchlights causing serious injuries on the bridge. After Höpfner took the wheel to recover the formation, Ardent was taken under fire and along with Fortune sunk.

Ready for action after dock repairs

Commander

Kapitän zur See Wilhelm Höpfner

Noteable Officers

Crew complement

1,006

Officers

42

Ratings

Killed

8

Wounded

14

Prisoners

22

Displacement full Load (tons)

24,700

Artefacts Data

Ship's bell returned by the British (Wilhelmshaven)

Ship's Model

Length (ft)

551.76'

Length (mtrs)

167.2

Beam (ft)

94.05'

Beam (mtrs)

28.5

Draught (ft)

29.5'

Draught (mtrs)

8.94

Max. Speed (knots)

20.78

Range (miles)

6,330 at 10 kts

Range (kilometres)

Fuel

Propulsion

Three shafts with three vertical triple expansion steam engines providing 22,600 shp.

Armour Main Belt

11.8" (300 mm)

Deck Armour

2.5" (63.5 mm)

Turret Armour IN CM

300 mm

Conning Tower Armour

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

6

Guns (No.barrels)

12

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

Fourteen 8.8 cm (3.5”) SK L/ 45 naval guns

Elevation (degrees)

Gunnery Range (yards)

Gunnery Range (metres)

Rate of Fire (rds per minute)

Shells expended Main

53

Mines dropped

Shells expended Secondary

30

Torpedoes fired

Gunnery Notes

Torpedo Type IN

19.7"

No. tubes

6

Torpedo Type MM

500 mm

No. Mines

Torpedo Notes

References & sources