Torpedoboot 1914



This small class of torpedo boats was custom-built for the use off the Flanders coast. Although all boats were ordered at the Vulcan shipyard in Hamburg, several hulls were built by other shipyards and delivered to Hamburg for completion. Sixteen of the boats were even transported to Antwerp over land by train and assembled there. The lack of artillery armament proved to be a major weakness, though, and the boats are pretty much useless against enemy destroyers. However, their small size makes them hard to hit, and the shallow draught of only one meter enables them to go to places no one else can go.

Ship data

Relative combat value: 69

Basic damage control capacity: 183%


Displacement: 110 tons

Length: 42 m

Width: 5 m

Draught: 1 m

Standard crew: 28


Maximum speed (undamaged): 20 knots

Endurance: 1668 km

Coal capacity: 25 tons

Armour protection

Conning tower armour: 0

Hull armour: 0

Main belt armour: 0

Deck armour: 0

Best armour type: None


1 x 5,2cm SK L/55, centrally controlled. Ammo: 150 rounds

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

4 mines

Ships in class

  • A1
  • A2 (†, lost in combat in the North Sea in May 1915)
  • A3 (†, disappeared in the Baltic, whereabouts unknown)
  • A4
  • A5
  • A6 (†, lost in combat in the North Sea in May 1915)
  • A7
  • A8
  • A9
  • A10
  • A11
  • A12
  • A13
  • A14
  • A15 (†, lost in combat in the Channel in August 1915)
  • A16
  • A17
  • A18
  • A19
  • A20