||One of the boilers explodes during trials, killing three crew members.
|- October 1902
||Attached to the 1st Cruiser Squadron.
||Training voyage to Norway and maneuvers in the North Sea.
||Attached to the new formed reconnaissance forces.
||Voyage to Spain and France.
||Training voyage to Norway.
|Sep - Oct 1903
takes part in the anual autumn fleet maneuvers in the Baltic and North Sea.
||Participation in the spring fleet maneuvers, visit to Britain.
is used as an escort for the Imperial yacht Hohenzollern
||Fleet maneuvers, rescue operations for Linienschiff Mecklenburg
which ran aground.
||Escorts the Linienschiff Preussen
to Copenhagen (funeral of the Danish King)
is decommissioned and put into fleet reserve.
||Recommissioned as flagship of the harbour-flotilla Jade/Weser.
||In a reconnaissance operation near Helgoland, the Ariadne
is attacked by two British battlecruisers. After several hits, the speed of the ship was reduced to 15 kn and several other small cruisers were sent to assist the Ariadne
. Two and a half hours after the battle had started the Ariadne
capsized and sunk, 64 crew members died.