Wednesday, 19 April 2017

British cruiser HMS Undaunted superior to German cruiser SMS Regensburg according to the Dutch magazine Marineblad dated 1914-1915 no. 4

German SMS Graudenz

An item referred to the The Navy Gazette which claimed that the small British cruiser HMS Undaunted (1) with an armament of 2-15cm guns and 8-10,2cm guns and a speed of 30 miles was expected to be superior to the German cruiser SMS Regensburg.(2)

1. Of the Arethusa-class light cruisers, laid down by Fairfield Shipbuilding and Engineering Company, Govan, Scotland on 21 December 1912, launched on 28 April 1914, commissioned in August 1914 and sold to be broken up on 9 April 1923, speed 28,5 knots and a main armament of 2x1-15,2cm/6” Mk XII guns and6x1-10,2cm/4” Mk V quick firing guns.
2. Of the Graudenz-class, laid down at theAG Weser shipyard, Bremen, Germany in 1912, launched on 24 April 1014, commissioned on 3 January 1915, handed over to France on 4 June 1920, renamed Strasbourg and finally scuttled in Lorient in 1944. ith a speed of 27,5 knots and a main armament of 12-10,5cm L/45 quick firing guns in 1917 replaced by 7-15cm L/45 quick firing guns.