Sunday, 11 June 2017

The technical specifications for new to be built Swedish coastal defence ships according to the Dutch magazine Marineblad dated 1909-1910 no. 10

Dutch H. Ms. De Zeven Provinciën

An item reported that a commission which investigated what the demands were for new Swedish coastal defence ships came with the next proposal. With a displacement of 6.800 tons was the draught to be 6,6 metres, the speed 22,5 miles and the armour belt had to have a thickness of 20cm. The armament was to consist of 4-28cm guns and 4-19,4cm guns (other sources reported 4-28cm guns, 8-15 cm guns) and 10,5cm guns for anti torpedo boats .warfare. The Dutch magazine however doubted if it was possible to built such ship after comparing the specifications with the Dutch coastal defence ship Hr. Ms. De Zeven Provinciën.(1)

1. The Royal Netherlands Navy was in that period studying the possibilities of an increased De Zeven Provinciën, the Spanish Espana-class battleships or even real dreadnoughts. She was the largest ship of the Royal Netherlands Navy and built at the navy yard at Amsterdam between 1908-1910. Her armament consisted of 2x1-28,3cm/11.1” guns, 4x1-15cm/5.9” guns, 10x1-7,5cm/3.0”guns and 4x1-1pd guns. The displacement was 6.530 tons. Between 1912-1922 built Sweden the Sverige-class consisting of 3 ships with a displacement of 7.239 (standard)-7,755 (full load) tons, although the displacement of the Sverige was 6.961-7.758 tons. Armament consisted of 2x2-28,3cm/11” 45cal guns, 1x2&6x1-15,2cm/6” 50cal guns, 6x1-7,5cm/3” 50cal guns, 2-5,7cm/2.2” guns, 2 machineguns and 2-46cm/18” fixed torpedo tubes.