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RHEINLAND

Fleet

HochSeeFlotte

Ship Type

Battleship

Nickname

Ship Class

Nassau

Grouping

II, Division, I Battle Squadron

Command

Scheer

Builder's Yard

Vulkan AG, Stetting

Budget Year

Construction Notes

Ersatz Würtemburg. Constructed in great secrecy like Nassau under naval guard and concealement.

Date Laid Down

01.06.1907

Launch Date

26.09.1908

Completed date

Commission date

30.04.1910

Year laid down

1907

Year launched

1908

Year completed

Commission Year

1910

Pennant No

Photo Details

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Sister ships

Westfalen, Posen and Nassau

Eventual Fate

Scuttled Scapa Flow 21 July 1919. Scrapped 1921

Jutland result

All Action reported in CET.Divisions in the battle line consisted of the III, I and the II. She was 2nd ship in the division behind Posen. Rear Admiral W. Englehardt commanded the Division. After the dreadnoughts came the pre-dreadnoughts in the line. 17:48 - 17:52 engaged the forward scouting group of Beatty's BCF, the 2nd LCS.Reputed to have scored a hit on Southampton at 20,100 yards at 17:50.18:02 targetting what was probably HMS Southampton. With the 20:15 reversal of course, Rheinland became third from the front, behind Westfalen and Nassau. At 22:00 spotted light forces gathering, flashed a signal which went unanswered. Two ships turned off to starboard anticipating probable torpedo launches. At 00;00 Nassau comes into contact with the Spitfire where a ramming incident ensued. Nassau was damaged and had to slow to 15 kts. She was hit with two 4" shells from British destroyers. At 00:30 a fight broke out with Black Prince at a range of only 2,200 yards. Other ships turned away but at 00:36 Rheinland was hit by two 6" shells that BP had fired. One cut the forward searchlight cables. At 01:15 she opened up pn another destroyer, possibly Ardent. An hour later, after 01:00 came into contact with the Black Prlnce. Thüringen let loose with 27 heavy and 24 secondary shells.Nassau, Ostfreisland and then Friedrich der Grosse joined in. Nassau had to reserve engines to avoid the wreck after the explosion and rejoined the line behind Hessen and Hannovr. Lastly, around 03:10 three to four destroyers again attacked at 5,500 yards. Nassau turned to starboard 90 degrees to avoid the torpedo.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

10.06.1916

Commander

Kapitän zur See Heinrich Rohardt

Noteable Officers

Crew complement

Officers

42

Ratings

Killed

10

Wounded

20

Prisoners

30

Displacement full Load (tons)

Artefacts Data

Ship's Model

Length (ft)

479' 4"

Length (mtrs)

146.1

Beam (ft)

88' 3"

Beam (mtrs)

26.9

Draught (ft)

29' 2"

Draught (mtrs)

8.9

Max. Speed (knots)

20

Range (miles)

9,600 miles 12 kts

Range (kilometres)

15,400 kms 12 kts

Fuel

Stored up to 3,200 tons of coal

Propulsion

3 shaft Triple Expansion engine Rated at 22,000 ihp

Armour Main Belt

12" (300 mm)

Deck Armour

Turret Armour IN CM

11" (280 mm)

Conning Tower Armour

12" (300 mm)

Barbette Armour

Weight of armour

Armour / Displacement Ratio

Watertight compartments

16

General Notes

Fire Control Table

Fire Control - Clock

Primary Gun calibre

28 cm (11”) SK/L45 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

Sixteen 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

35

Mines dropped

Shells expended Secondary

26

Torpedoes fired

Gunnery Notes

Torpedo Type IN

19.7"

No. tubes

5

Torpedo Type MM

500 mm

No. Mines

Torpedo Notes

References & sources