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Äran-class coastal defence ship

The Äran class was a class of coastal defence ships of the Swedish Navy. The class comprised Äran, Wasa, Tapperheten and Manligheten.

HMS Äran.jpg
HMS Äran'
Class overview
Name: Äran class
Builders:
Operators:  Swedish Navy
Preceded by: Dristigheten
Succeeded by: Oscar II
Completed: 4
General characteristics
Type: Coastal defense ship
Displacement: 3,592 tons
Length: 87.48 m (287 ft 0 in)
Beam: 15 m (49 ft 3 in)
Draught: 5 m (16 ft 5 in)
Propulsion: 6,500 hp (4,800 kW), two shafts
Speed: 17 knots (31 km/h)
Complement: 285
Armament:
  • 2 × 8.2 in (21 cm) (2 × 1)
  • 6 × 6 in (15 cm) (6 × 1)
  • 10 × 5.7 cm (2.2 in) (10 × 1)
  • 2 torpedo tubes
Armour:
  • 7 in (18 cm) belt
  • 7.5 in (19 cm) turret

Contents

DesignEdit

Dimensions and machineryEdit

The ships of the class were 87.48 metres (287 ft 0 in) long, had a beam of 15 metres (49 ft 3 in), a draught of 5 metres (16 ft 5 in), and had a displacement of 3,592 tons. The ships were equipped with 2 shaft reciprocating engines, which were rated at 6,500 indicated horsepower (4,800 kW) and produced a top speed of 17 knots (31 km/h; 20 mph).

ArmourEdit

The ships had belt armour of 7 in (18 cm) and 7.5 in (19 cm) turret armour.

ArmamentEdit

The main armament of the ships where two 8.2 in (21 cm) single turret guns. Secondary armament included six single 6 in (15 cm) guns and ten 5.7 cm (2.2 in) single guns.

ConstructionEdit

Äran was laid down at the Lindholmens shipyard in Gothenburg and launched in 1902. Wasa was laid down at the Bergsund shipyard in Finnboda and was also launched in 1902. Tapperheten and Manligheten were both laid down at Kockums Shipyard in Malmö and were launched in 1904.

ReferencesEdit

  • Moore, J: Jane's Fighting Ships of World War I (1919; reprinted 1992) ISBN 1 85170 378 0

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