SMS Emden

Dresden Class Light Cruiser

History
Although not at Coronel, SMS Emden is included here as she was part of the East German Asiatic Squadron. Under the command of Captain Karl von Müller she became one of the most famous ships of WW1.

After her departure from von Spee’s East Asia Squadron, she proceeded to the Indian Ocean where she terrorised the area for three months before finally being caught. During this time she managed to destroy nearly 20 allied ships with a total tonnage between 75,000 and 80,000 tons, as well as capturing several others for their stores.

Finally on November 9th 1914 she was caught by the cruiser HMS Sydney and after a one sided fight was force aground and destroyed, over 130 of her crew lost their lives.

SMS Emden

Builder
Laid
Launched
Commissioned
Captain at Coronel

Kaiserliche Werf, Danzig
6 April 1906
20 May 1908
20 July 1909
Captain Karl von Müller

Specifications
 
Dimensions
Length (O/A)
Length (P.P)
Beam
Draft

Displacement
Full Load
Standard

Propulsion
Boilers
Turbines
Endurance
Horsepower
Shafts
Max Speed
Coal Bunkerage

Protection
Waterline Side Belt
Deck Armour
Bulkheads
Turrets
Barbettes
Control Tower

Armament
Main Gun
Secondary Gun
Smaller Weapons
Torpedoes

Complement
Usual
Wartime

118.3 mtr
117.9 mtr
13.5 mtr
5.53 mtr


4,268 tons
3,650 tons


12 x Schulz-Thorneycroft
2 x 3 cylinder triple expansion reciprocating steam
3,760 NM @ 12 Knots
16,350 shp
2
25 Knots
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80 - 100 mm
25 mm
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-
-
100 mm


10 x 10.5 cm
3 x 6 cm
4 x Machine Gun
2 x 45 cm (submerged)


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