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SMS Oldenburg

Scale 1:200
Author: ProModel
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SMS Oldenburg
German Imperial Navy Armored Corvette
Model # 008

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Technical data:
  Launched 20 December 1884
5,743 tons standard
  Length 79.8m  
  Beam 18.0m  
  Max Speed 16 knots
  Armament 8 x 240mm / L30, 494 shots
    4 x 150mm / L22 (temporary)
    2 x 87mm / L24
    6 (quick-firing) x 5mm / L40
    Torpedoes - 4 x 350mm tubes
     The turn of the 19th century was marked with tremendous development in technology, metallurgy and manufacturing methods. The change had also a great impact on the shipbuilding industry. Technological contest included armor, caliber, variety of guns, propulsion, and utilization of technical innovations. As a result, the suitability of newly built warships was very often illusive and short-term.  The dreadnought S.M.S. Oldenburg was a good example.

    In 1881, the core of German flotilla consisted of four SACHSEN Class dreadnoughts, commissioned over the years 1878 to 1883. They had been built at German shipyards in accordance with the flotilla foundation plan developed in 1873 by then the head of admiralty, Lieutenant General Albrecht von Stosch, and joined the remaining older warships of PRUSSIA and KAISER Class: KÖNIG WILHELM, HANSA, FRIEDRICH CARL, and KRONPRINZ. Furthermore, the von Stosch’s plan provided for the construction of two new vessels. One of those vessels was to replace the dreadnought PRINZ ADALBERT decommissioned in 1871; the other was to be the next armored corvette to increase the flotilla size. In the fiscal year 1879/1880, the Reichstag put the desideration forward for approval and it was rejected.

     In 1881, the admiralty again submitted a motion to replace PRINZ ADALBERT and to build a new "E" corvette. However, the admiralty’s representatives again failed to force their plans in full. The Reichstag did not accept the plan to build a replacement vessel, and only limited financial resources were granted for the construction of “E” armored corvette, later known as OLDENBURG.

     Although in the projects developed during 1879-1881, it was envisaged that a new vessel would be of a Sachsen Class, the missing three million Reichsmarks brought about probably the most unsuccessful vessel of the Imperial Navy.

     Despite the fact that the Oldenburg had artillery advantage over Sachsen-Class vessels, she failed to produce the planned effect. Due to her low speed, she was often an obstruction for accompanying squadrons instead of intended reinforcement that had been hoped for when giving acceptance to build the vessel.



Model built and photographed by ProModel, used with permission.

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