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These guns were used on the Third Rate cruiser Gefion and later to rearm the protected cruiser Kaiserin Augusta in 1896.

All German 15 cm guns had an actual bore diameter of 14.91 cm (5.87 in).

Gun Characteristics

Designation 15 cm/35 (5.9") SK L/35
Ship Class Used On Gefion and Kaiserin Augusta
Date Of Design about 1895
Date In Service 1896
Gun Weight 4.43 tons (4.50 mt)
Gun Length oa about 206 in (5.250 m)
Bore Length 190 in (4.830 m)
Rifling Length N/A
Grooves N/A
Lands N/A
Twist N/A
Chamber Volume N/A
Rate Of Fire 4 - 5 rounds per minute


Type Separate
Projectile Types and Weights 88.2 lbs. (40 kg)
Bursting Charge N/A
Projectile Length N/A
Propellant Charge N/A
Muzzle Velocity 1,969 fps (600 mps)
Working Pressure N/A
Approximate Barrel Life N/A
Ammunition stowage per gun Gefion: 81 rounds
Kaiserin Augusta: 89 rounds


Range with 99.8 lbs. (45.3 kg) HE
Elevation Distance
30 degrees 11,800 yards (10,800 m)

Mount / Turret Data

  • Single pedestal mounts:
    • Kaiserin Augusta (12), Gefion (10): MPL type
Weight N/A
Elevation -5 (?) / +30 degrees
Elevation Rate Manual operation, only
Train about +150 / -150 degrees
Train Rate Manual operation, only
Gun recoil N/A


Data from:

  • "Conway's All the World's Fighting Ships: 1906-1922" by Randal Gray and Robert Gardiner (Editor)
  • "German Warships 1815-1945" by Erich Gröner

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