Small cruiser SMS Stuttgart

The small cruiser SMS Stuttgart belonged to the Königsberg class, which consisted of a total of 4 ships and were built mainly for the German colonies in East Africa, but were used in the First World War together with the sister ship SMS Stettin in the North Sea.


Launching and design:

The development of the ships of the Königsberg class go back to the experience of the Bremen class. The development was begun in 1903, the ships of this class are still among the last ships of the imperial navy had a Rammbug.

The launch of the SMS Stuttgart took place on 22 September 1906, the commissioning on 1 February 1908.


Small cruiser SMS Stuttgart

Small cruiser SMS Stuttgart


Drawing of the Königsberg class




History of SMS Stuttgart:

After commissioning, the first test drives were made. However, these had to be stopped due to lack of staff already on 9 April 1908 and the ship was first in the dry dock.

Only on 16 February 1909, the ship was put back into service and replaced the small cruiser SMS Nymphe as a training ship for machine guns at the ship artillery inspection.

The Stuttgart was then assigned to the reserve, but participated in the annual maneuvers.

Small cruiser SMS Stuttgart

Small cruiser SMS Stuttgart


Small cruiser SMS Stuttgart

Small cruiser SMS Stuttgart




Use in the war:

With the outbreak of the First World War, the SMS Stuttgart was assigned to the IV. reconnaissance group and undertook several operations in the security service and in the laying of mine locks in the North Sea.

Until the spring of 1916, various operations took place in the North Sea and in the Baltic Sea with subsequent overhaul in the shipyard in Wilhelmshaven.

From May 31 to June 1, 1916, Stuttgart was involved in the Battle of the Skagerrak, but received no hits or other damage.

On December 15, 1916, the SMS Stuttgart finally put out of service and the crew changed to the modern small cruiser SMS Emden. From February 1918, extensive reconstruction work was carried out. Since the Stuttgart should serve as aircraft mother ship, two hangars were built in which a total of 2 aircraft had space. A 3rd aircraft could be placed outside the hangars on the deck. Further, 6 of the 10.5cm guns were removed and in return 2 8.8cm anti-aircraft guns installed. On May 16, 1918, the conversion was completed and until the end of the war, the Stuttgart was used in the Baltic Sea.





After the war, the SMS Stuttgart was decommissioned on December 17, 1918 and deleted on November 5, 1919 from the list of warships.

On July 20, 1920, the ship had to be delivered as reparation to Britain. However, these had no use for the ship and scrap it.




Ship data:


SMS Stuttgart


German Empire

Ship Type:  

Small cruiser
Aircraft carrier




Imperial shipyard, Gdansk


5.488.000 Mark


September 22nd, 1906


February 1st, 1908


Scrapped in Britain in 1920


117,4 meters


13,3 meters


Max. 5,4 meters


Max. 4.002 Tons


322 Men


11 Marine Boiler
2 x 3-cylinder compound machines


13.146 PS (9.669 kW)

Maximum speed:  

23,9 kn (44 km/h)




10 × Rapid Fire Gun 10,5 cm L / 40 (1.500 shots)

8 × Rapid Fire Gun 5,2 cm L / 55 (4.000 shots)

2 × Torpedo tube ⌀ 45 cm (5 shots)


Armor deck: 20-80 mm
Sole: 100 mm
Command tower: 20-100 mm
Shields: 50 mm






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