Königsberg (I)

SMS Stettin of the Königsberg (I) class


This class of four small cruisers was a slightly improved version of the preceding Bremen class, with only a few minor modifications. Among other details, the boiler arrangement was changed somewhat, giving the ships a different silhouette. Put into service from 1907 to 1908, these were the last cruiser models to be equipped with conventional triple expansion steam engines exclusively, the later classes were successively switched to turbines. Two of the ships served on overseas duty at the outbreak of the war, SMS Nürnberg (I) was sailing with the Ostasiengeschwader, while SMS Königsberg (I) was stationed at German East Africa. Nürnberg shared the fate of Graf von Spee's squadron, while Königsberg fought a successful raider war in the Indian Ocean and, later on, was a fleet-in-being, blockaded and eventually destroyed by a superior British force in the delta of the Rufiji river. Some of her guns were recovered by the German colonial land forces in East Africa and are now the backbone of their artillery.

Ship data

Relative combat value: 460

Basic damage control capacity: 106%


Displacement: 3480 tons

Length: 115 m

Width: 13 m

Draught: 5 m

Standard crew: 322


Maximum speed (undamaged): 24 knots

Endurance: 12100 km

Coal capacity: 880 tons

Armour protection

Conning tower armour: 4

Hull armour: 0

Main belt armour: 3.5 (includes backing slope of deck armour)

Deck armour: 1.75 (sloped at edges to provide additional belt level protection)

Best armour type: Krupp


10 x 10,5cm SK L/40, centrally controlled. Ammo: 1500 rounds

8 x 5,2cm SK L/55, locally controlled. Ammo: 1200 rounds

2 x 45cm C/03 D Torpedoes, centrally controlled. Ammo: 4 torpedoes

Ships in class

  • Königsberg (I) (†, blown up in East Africa in July 1915)
  • Stettin
  • Nürnberg (I)(†, lost in the Battle of the Falkland Islands)
  • Stuttgart