The Liner SMS Lothringen belonged to the Braunschweig class and was one of the first ships of the Imperial Navy, which was equipped with the new 28 cm SK L / 40 guns. Also the medium artillery was equipped for the first time with guns of the type 17 cm SK L / 40.
Launching and design:
The keel laying of Lothringen took place on December 1, 1902 as a unit line ship of the Braunschweig class. The 5 mounted ships should replace the older ships of the Wittelsbach class and were in contrast to those due to the new armament significantly heavier.
For the first time, the 28 cm SK L / 40 guns developed by Krupp were used in double towers on bow and stern on ships. The medium artillery got also for the first time guns of the type 17 cm SK L / 40. Thus, the ships of the Braunschweig class belonged to the most heavily armed of the imperial navy in the time.
The launching took place on May 27, 1904, the commissioning on May 18, 1906.
History of the SMS Lothringen:
After commissioning and test drives the SMS Lothringen was assigned to the II. Squadron of the High Seas Fleet and until July 1914, the main tasks in maneuvers, training and trips abroad were divided. Due to the age and the rapid technical progress, the ships of the Braunschweig class in 1914 were already considered obsolete. The Lothringen was originally to be put out of service on August 17, 1914, by the outbreak of the First World War, however, the ship remained in the Imperial Navy.
Use in the war:
With the outbreak of the First World War, SMS Lothringen was used for coastal protection in the North Sea. On March 18, 1916, the ship was decommissioned because it, like its sister ships, had an insufficient underwater protection and firepower.
The heavy artillery was then dismantled and found use as a gun mainly on the Western Front. From July 1916 to September 1917 it was used as a guard ship for the Baltic entrances, then the ship ran into Wilhelmshaven and was used only drill and training ship.
After the capitulation of the German Empire, the Lothringen was one of the few ships that Germany remained under the terms of the ceasefire and could be used as a foundation for the new imperial navy.
In early 1919, the naval command began to rebuild the SMS Lothringen as the mothership for shallow minesweepers to accommodate up to 14 of the boats can. Already on March 2, 1920, however, the ship was decommissioned and assigned to the reserve fleet.
On March 31, 1931 then took the final deletion from the list of warships and the subsequent scrapping.
May 27th, 1904
May 18th, 1906
On March 31st, 1931 deleted from the list of warships and scrapped
Max. 8,16 meters
Max. 14.394 Tons
14 coal / oil fired steam boilers
4 × 28 cm Rapid Fire Gun L / 40
14 × 17 cm Rapid Fire Gun L / 40
18 × 8,8 cm Rapid Fire Gun L / 35
6 × torpedo tube 45 cm
Belt: 225 mm
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