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Berlin (Hilfskreuzer)

Hilfskreuzer 1914 - 1931  


Berlin



Contruction Data

Laid down:     A.G. Weser, 1908
Launched:     23.10.1907
Commissioned:     18.09.1914 (as auxiliary cruiser)
Fate:     scrapped December 1931
Costs:     

Technical Data

Size:     26000 t
Length:     186,8 m
Beam:     21,21 m
Draft:     8,8 m
Armament:     6 x 10,5 cm; 4 x Rev; 200 Mines
Performance:     16000 shp, 19 kn

History

The passenger ship Berlin was commissioned as Hilfskreuzer C in September 1914. It was first planned to send the ship into the
Atlantic, but because of its slow speed, this plan was abandoned. Instead, the ship was used to lay a mine filed off Glasgow and attack merchant shipping in the Barents Sea. Two ships, a post ship and the new battleship Audacious were sunk my the mines laid by the Berlin .
Because of coal shortages, the ship sailed to Trondheim where it was interned on 18.11.1914. Sold to Britain in 1920, it was renamed Arabic and used until 1931 when it was scrapped in Italy.


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