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  • Last German WW1 warhip afloat?

    The Liemba still running a ferry service on Lake Tanganyika started life as the gun boat SMS Graf Goetzen in 1913. She's the gun boat Bogie was trying to sink in the African Queen and two British gun boats Mimi and Tutu commanded by a naval officer in a skirt were dragged overland to deal with.

    http://ichef-1.bbci.co.uk/news/660/m...kibwanaqua.jpg

    I think she is the last German WW1 war ship still afloat - or perhaps someone knows otherwise?
    Human history becomes more and more a race between education and catastrophe (H G Wells)
    Mit der Dummheit kaempfen Goetter selbst vergebens (Friedrich von Schiller)

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    The same ship during WW1 and one of the British gun boats
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    Human history becomes more and more a race between education and catastrophe (H G Wells)
    Mit der Dummheit kaempfen Goetter selbst vergebens (Friedrich von Schiller)

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    • #3
      Not a float but in a museum
      History

      Construction on U-1 began in the autumn of 1904. The boat began its trials in August 1906, a year later than originally planned.

      After suffering damage from a collision while on a training exercise in 1919, U-1 was sold to the Germaniawerft foundation at the Deutsches Museum in Munich where it was restored and can be viewed on display. A large portion of the starboard hull has been removed to allow visitors to see the submarine's interior.

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      • #4
        Neat!

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        • #5
          That ship was only a warship when they tacked one of Konigsberg's 105mm guns to her deck, its just a ferry boat.
          It was scuttled to prevent capture, but done in such a way that it could be recovered and restored on the event of Germany's "inevitable" victory.

          IIRC (look it up if you don't know what those 4 letter mean) that ship was and has remained the largest ship on that whole lake, even now.
          If true, that speaks volumes about the sorry state of Africa's infrastructure.

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          • #6
            The Liemba started life as the Graf Goetzen in 1913 when she was built as a warship in Papenburg on the River Ems in northern Germany. It is said that the Kaiser himself ordered the construction to further his imperial ambitions.
            The Graf Goetzen was then transported in parts, in 500 crates, from Hamburg to Dar es Salaam on the coast of East Africa - and from there over mountains to Lake Tanganyika where Germany, Britain and Belgium were all engaged in colonial jostling
            At the lake she was assembled and joined two other German warships armed in part with pompoms taken from the German commence raider Mowe. Goetzen's armament was augmented with the gun form the Konigsberg

            Mimi and Toutou Go Forth: The Bizarre Battle Of Lake Tanganyika by Giles Foden covers the fighting well
            Last edited by MarkV; 24 Feb 16, 12:24.
            Human history becomes more and more a race between education and catastrophe (H G Wells)
            Mit der Dummheit kaempfen Goetter selbst vergebens (Friedrich von Schiller)

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            • #7
              Russia has a WWI-era navy ship, albeit not a combat ship, still in active service:

              https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kommun...salvage_vessel

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              • #8
                Originally posted by NoPref View Post
                Russia has a WWI-era navy ship, albeit not a combat ship, still in active service:

                https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kommun...salvage_vessel
                Thanks, I am aware of a number of WW1 survivors still afloat from various nations including Britain but what I want to do is determine if this one is the only remnant of the Kaiser's forces.
                Human history becomes more and more a race between education and catastrophe (H G Wells)
                Mit der Dummheit kaempfen Goetter selbst vergebens (Friedrich von Schiller)

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