Cruiser corvette

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Cruiser corvette (training ship) SMS Nixe , 1892

Kreuzerkorvette was an official type designation for certain warships in the German Imperial Navy from 1884 to 1893 . The ships classified in this way differed greatly from one another due to the rapid technical development. What they had in common was that they were designed for the task profile of a cruiser .


The ships reclassified to cruiser corvettes in 1884 had previously been referred to as smooth-deck corvettes . The term Uncovered Corvette was also used.

These were unarmored three - masted full ships or barks with additional steam propulsion , which had a displacement of between 1,200 and 2,600 tons . Her armament, consisting of ring cannons , stood in the manner of a corvette on just a single battery deck behind gun ports on either side of the upper deck. Overall, these ships were still very similar to the corvettes of the sailing ship era.

The two cruiser corvettes of the Irene class from 1887, on the other hand, were significantly larger and more modern ships without a sailing rig. The guns were rotated in swallow nests , and the ships were the first German cruisers to have an armored deck ; technically they are classified as protected cruisers . The similar Empress Augusta was designed as the last cruiser corvette .

In 1893 the still existing smooth-deck corvettes became cruisers III. Class reclassified again. The new cruiser corvettes were designated as cruiser II class. In 1899, all remaining ships were classified as small cruisers , with the exception of the Empress Augusta , which was classified as a large cruiser .


The Imperial Navy put a total of three classes of smooth-deck corvettes or cruiser corvettes into service:

Single ships

Furthermore, the Imperial Navy put another cruiser corvette into service as a single ship:

See also


  • Keyword: Uncovered Corvette. Maritime dictionary. Compiled by Jürgen Gebauer and Egon Krenz. Military publishing house of the German Democratic Republic, Berlin 1989, ISBN 3-327-00679-2 , p. 276.