An interim weapon used to arm coastal battleships and cruisers of the late 1890s and early 1900s. Replaced by the more powerful 8.8 cm/45 (3.46") SK L/45 on new construction.

Gun Characteristics

Designation 8.8 cm/35 (3.46") SK L/35
Ship Class Used On Pre-dreadnoughts: Braunschweig and Deutschland classes
Cruisers: Prinz Adalbert and Scharnhorst classes
Torpedo Boats: S-138 class
Victoria Louise class as rearmed
Date Of Design about 1900
Date In Service 1904
Gun Weight N/A
Gun Length oa about 121 in (3.080 m)
Bore length N/A
Rifling Length N/A
Grooves N/A
Lands N/A
Twist N/A
Chamber Volume N/A
Rate Of Fire 12 rounds per minute (?)


Type Fixed
Complete Round Weight N/A
Projectile Types and Weights HE - 15.4 lbs. (7 kg)
Bursting Charge N/A
Projectile Length N/A
Propellant Charge N/A
Muzzle Velocity about 2,300 fps (690 mps)
Working Pressure N/A
Approximate Barrel Life N/A
Ammunition stowage per gun Braunschweig, Prinz Adalbert and Scharnhorst: 150 rounds
Deutschland: 140 rounds
Victoria Louise: 250 rounds
S-138: 100 rounds


Range with 15.4 lbs. (7.0 kg) HE
Elevation Distance
25 degrees 9,610 yards (8,790 m)

Mount / Turret Data

Designation Braunschweig (18), Deutschland (20), Prinz Adalbert (12), Scharnhorst (18), Victoria Louise (3) and S-138 (1): N/A
Weight N/A
Elevation -5 (?) / +25 degrees
Elevation Rate Manual operation, only
Train N/A
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

Special help from Peter Lienau and Enrique Mas

Page History

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Additional projectile and range information