SMS Erzherzog Franz Ferdinand

SMS Erzherzog Franz Ferdinand was an Austro-Hungarian Radetzky-class pre-dreadnought battleship. She was the first ship of her class to be built, and she was named after Archduke Franz Ferdinand. She participated in an international naval protest of the Balkan Wars in 1913, during which she helped enforce a blockade of Montenegro. During World War I, she saw limited service in the 2nd Division of the 1st Battle Squadron, including mobilization to assist the escape of the German ships SMS Goeben and SMS Breslau. At the end of the war, she was ceded to Italy as a war prize and was eventually scrapped in 1926.

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Summary SMS Erzherzog Franz FerdinandSMS Erzherzog Franz Ferdinand was an Austro-Hungarian Radetzky-class pre-dreadnought battleship. She was the first ship of her class to be built, and she was named after Archduke Franz Ferdinand. She participated in an international naval protest of the Balkan Wars in 1913, during which she helped enforce a blockade of Montenegro. During World War I, she saw limited service in the 2nd Division of the 1st Battle Squadron, including mobilization to assist the escape of the German ships SMS Goeben and SMS Breslau. At the end of the war, she was ceded to Italy as a war prize and was eventually scrapped in 1926. The ship’s primary armament consisted of four 30. 5 cm 45-caliber guns in two twin gun turrets. The tertiary battery consisted of twenty 10 cm L50 guns in casemated single mounts and four 47 mm L44 guns.

After 1916–17 refits four Škoda 7 cm K16 anti-aircraft guns were also carried, two on the beam and one in the stern. She had a maximum range of 4,000 nautical miles at a cruising speed of 10 kn. At 137.5 m long, with a beam of 24. 6 m and a draft of 8. 1 m, she normally displaced 14,508 long tons. With full combat load, she displaced up to 15,845. 5 long tons. The ship was built at the Stabilimento Tecnico Triestino dockyard in Trieste and was laid down on 12 September 1907 and launched from the slipway on 8 September 1908. The teak used on her deck was the only material Austria-Hungary purchased abroad to build her. A month and a half after her launch, she broke loose from her moorings and drifted for several hours before running aground just off Izola.