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Cormoran (Hilfskreuzer)

Hilfskreuzer 1909 - 1917  


Cormoran

Build as Russian passenger ship Rińsan


Contruction Data

Laid down:     Schichau Elbing, 1909
Launched:     March 1909
Commissioned:     30.11.1909 (07.08.1914 as auxiliary cruiser)
Fate:     scuttled 07.04.1917
Costs:     

Technical Data

Size:     7250 t
Length:     104,0 m
Beam:     1307 m
Draft:     5,8 m
Armament:     8 x 10,5 cm
Performance:     4750 shp, 15 kn

History

The former Russian steamer Riäsan was captured by the small cruiser Emden on 04.08.1914. Sent to Tsingtau, the ship was
renamed Cormoran and equipped with the guns of the old gunboat Cormoran . Ordered to operate in the South Pacific, the ship had no success in attacking allied ships. Because of coal shortages, it went to Guam where it was interned by the USA. When the USA entered the war in 1917, the ship was scuttled after a fight with American troops on 07.04.1917.

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