SMS Sperber

SMS Sperber ("His Majesty's Ship Sperber—Sparrowhawk") was an unprotected cruiser built for the German Kaiserliche Marine (Imperial Navy), the second member of the.wikipedia
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Unprotected cruiser

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SMS Sperber ("His Majesty's Ship Sperber—Sparrowhawk") was an unprotected cruiser built for the German Kaiserliche Marine (Imperial Navy), the second member of the.

Imperial German Navy

Kaiserliche MarineGerman Imperial NavyGerman
SMS Sperber ("His Majesty's Ship Sperber—Sparrowhawk") was an unprotected cruiser built for the German Kaiserliche Marine (Imperial Navy), the second member of the.

Sister ship

sistersisterssister boat
She had one sister ship,.

Kaiserliche Werft Danzig

Kaiserliche WerftKönigliche WerftImperial Dockyard
Sperber was built at the Kaiserliche Werft (Imperial Dockyard) in Danzig; her keel was laid down in September 1887 and her completed hull was launched in August 1888.

Gdańsk

DanzigGdanskDanzig (Gdańsk)
Sperber was built at the Kaiserliche Werft (Imperial Dockyard) in Danzig; her keel was laid down in September 1887 and her completed hull was launched in August 1888.

German East Africa

East AfricaGerman colonial ruleGerman
She briefly served in German East Africa in late 1889 and early 1890, before being transferred to the South Seas Station in German New Guinea. While coaling in Aden on 13 October, the cruiser received orders to head to German East Africa, which was gripped by the Abushiri Revolt.

German New Guinea

New GuineaGerman MicronesiaDeutsch-Neuguinea
She briefly served in German East Africa in late 1889 and early 1890, before being transferred to the South Seas Station in German New Guinea. She was thereafter assigned to the South Seas Station in German New Guinea to replace the gunboats and, which had been destroyed by the 1889 Apia cyclone.

German South West Africa

German South-West AfricaGerman Southwest AfricaSouth-West Africa
She remained there for three years before being transferred to German Southwest Africa from early 1894 to late 1896.

Venezuela

VenezuelanBolivarian Republic of VenezuelaVEN
She briefly spent time in the East-American Station off Venezuela in early 1903 and East Africa from July to October of that year, before being assigned to the East Asia Squadron by the end of the year.

East Asia Squadron

German East Asia SquadronGerman East Asiatic SquadronEast Asia Division
She briefly spent time in the East-American Station off Venezuela in early 1903 and East Africa from July to October of that year, before being assigned to the East Asia Squadron by the end of the year.

Target ship

targetSINKEXsunk as a target
She returned to Germany at the end of the year and was decommissioned a second time, but was thereafter used as a target ship until 1918.

Hamburg

Hamburg, GermanyFree and Hanseatic City of HamburgFree City of Hamburg
She was later sold for scrap in 1920 and broken up in Hamburg.

Length overall

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Sperber was 66.9 m long overall and had a beam of 9.36 m and a draft of 4.4 m forward.

Beam (nautical)

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Sperber was 66.9 m long overall and had a beam of 9.36 m and a draft of 4.4 m forward.

Draft (hull)

draughtdraftdrew
Sperber was 66.9 m long overall and had a beam of 9.36 m and a draft of 4.4 m forward.

Steam engine

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Designed for colonial service, Sperber was armed with a main battery of eight 10.5 cm guns and had a cruising radius of over 3000 nmi; she also had an auxiliary sailing rig to supplement her steam engines. Her propulsion system consisted of two horizontal 2-cylinder double-expansion steam engines powered by four coal-fired cylindrical water-tube boilers.

Water-tube boiler

Babcock & Wilcox boilerwater tube boilerwater-tube boilers
Her propulsion system consisted of two horizontal 2-cylinder double-expansion steam engines powered by four coal-fired cylindrical water-tube boilers.

Barquentine

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To supplement the steam engines, she was fitted with a barquentine rig.

Broadside

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They had a range of 8200 m. Four guns were mounted on each broadside.

Captain at sea

Kapitän zur SeeKapt.z.S.KzS
She was launched on 23 August 1888, and then-Kapitän zur See (Captain at Sea) Franz Mensing gave the launching speech.

Sea trial

sea trialsshakedownTrial
She began her sea trials on 2 April 1889, which lasted until 7 June; after completion of the trials, she was temporarily decommissioned.

1889 Apia cyclone

cyclonetropical cyclonea hurricane
She was thereafter assigned to the South Seas Station in German New Guinea to replace the gunboats and, which had been destroyed by the 1889 Apia cyclone.

Kiel

Kiel, GermanyHoltenauKiel-Holtenau
On 20 August, Sperber was recommissioned for her new assignment, and she departed Kiel on 4 September, bound for the Pacific.

Aden

Aden, YemenLittle AdenPort of Aden
While coaling in Aden on 13 October, the cruiser received orders to head to German East Africa, which was gripped by the Abushiri Revolt.

Abushiri revolt

resulted in some unrestrevolt along the coastThe Germans were almost driven out of the area in 1888
While coaling in Aden on 13 October, the cruiser received orders to head to German East Africa, which was gripped by the Abushiri Revolt.