SMS Vineta (1895)

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Career (German Empire) Kaiser
Name: Vineta
Namesake: Vineta
Builder: Kaiserliche Werft, Danzig
Laid down: 1895
Commissioned: September 1899
Fate: Scrapped in 1920
General characteristics
Class and type: Victoria Louise class protected cruiser
Displacement: 5,660t standard;
6,491t full load
Length: 363.16 ft (110.69 m)
Beam: 57.16 ft (17.42 m)
Draught: 22.66 ft (6.91 m)
Propulsion: 10,000 hp, three shafts
Speed: 19.5 knots (36 km/h)
Complement: 477
Armament: Two 9.4 in (24 cm) (2 × 1)
eight5.9 in (15 cm) (8 × 1)
ten3.45 in (8.8 cm) (10 × 1)
three17.7 in (45 cm) torpedo tubes
Armor: 4 in (10 cm) in deck

Seiner Majestät Schiff Vineta was a German Victoria Louise class protected cruiser built for the Kaiserliche Marine in the late 1890s. Vineta was built in the Imperial Dockyard in Danzig. She was laid down in 1895, and completed in Sept. 1899, at a cost of 10,714,000 Marks.


Dimensions and machinery

Vineta was 358 feet 3 inches (109.19 m) long at the waterline, and had an overall length of 363 feet 2 inches (110.69 m) She had a beam of 57 feet 2 inches (17.42 m) and a draught of 22 feet 9 inches (6.93 m) Vineta displaced 5,660 tons on a standard load, and 6,491 tons fully loaded. The ship was powered by three shaft triple expansion engines, that produced 10,000 ihp (7,500 kW) and delivered a top speed of 19.5 knots (36.1 km/h).

Between 1905 and 1911, the ships of the Victoria Louise class were modernized. The ships had their boilers replaced, and had their original three funnels reduced to two stacks.

Armor and armament

Vineta was protected by 4-inch (100 mm) thick armor plating on the decks. The ship was armed with a wide mix of armaments. The main armament consisted of two 8.2-inch (208 mm) guns mounted in single turrets fore and aft. The secondary armament comprised eight 5.9-inch (150 mm) guns in casemates along the length of the ship, along with ten 3.4-inch (86 mm) guns, also casemated. The ships were also armed with three 17.7-inch (450 mm) torpedo tubes.

Service history

Like her sister ships, she started the war in a coastal defense role. By November 1914, she was withdrawn from frontline duties and became a barracks ship. In 1916, Vineta, along with her sisterships, had her armaments removed. She served in this capacity until the end of the war. In 1920, Vineta was sold for scrap.

Vineta provisional

The Vineta provisional is a famous stamp issued on the SMS Vineta in 1905.

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