HNoMS FRITHJOF - Gunboat 1st Class

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HNoMS FRITHJOF - Gunboat 1st Class

Built: Carljohansværns Værft, Horten Norway building No.76
Launched: 15. November 1895
Hoist command: 1896

2x 120mm Fast firing cannons
6x 76mm Fast firing cannons
2x 75mm Breech-loading cannons
4x 37mm Fast firing cannons
1x 35.6cm underwater torpedo-tube in bow

Displacement: 1480 tons, steel hull
Lenght: 68.2m
Widht: 10.0m
Depth: 4.2m
Eigne: 2x triple vertical expansion-steameigne 2.800 IHK
Speed: 15 knots
Crew: 166

85mm armored command tower
35mm armored deck
cellulose cells as belt protection

1896: Trial run
1897: Arctic sea voyage
1899: Squadron trip to Copenhagen
1899: Mobilization exercises
1900: Squadron exercises 1900 and 1901
1902: Squadron tour 1902, 03, 04, 09, 11, 12 and 13
1908: Converted to Kadettskip
1910: Cadet tour 1910, 14 and 19
1919: Supervision service on the coast of Finnmark
1929: Sold for scrapping in Stavanger

This is a Gunboat of 1st-Class. there are 3 vessels in this class and all are different, the other two will be separate posts

Frithjof was a ship with beautiful lines, but in relation to its size it was very weakly armed from the start. in 1904, the armament was somewhat strengthened by the installation of 2 7.6 cm quick-firing cannons that had been taken ashore from the auxiliary cruiser ASTRÆA. Like Viking, Frithjof had 35mm armored decks, 85mm armored command tower and cellulose cells as belt protection. In 1908 Frithjof was converted into a cadet ship and in 1928 it was scrapped and sold in 1929

While the primary task of second-class gunboats was the invasion defense of the archipelago, a need was also seen for a number of larger gunboats that could protect the lines of communication along the coast. First-class gunboats therefore had to be so large and seaworthy that they would engage in battle along the entire coast and in all kinds of weather. At the same time, they were to have both great self-protection and powerful enough armament “shields” to challenge larger armored vessels. After some discussion about the choice of solution, it was first chosen to take the Swedish blenda type as the starting point, and after this the “Sleipner” was built in 1877. (this will be another post)

in 1904 the 2 vessels (Frithjof and Viking) had their artillery modernized and the double torpedo cannon on deck was removed. During the mobilization in 1905, Frithjof and Viking were sent to Bergen as a security force together with some torpedo boats, while sleipner more or less alone made up the force in Trondheim.

During the First World War, Viking and Fridtjof were once again based in Western Norway, where they eventually switched and served on the coast of Finnmark. Viking was decommissioned as a warship and transferred to the Red Cross as a hospital ship as early as 1920. Frithjof, which had already been converted into a cadet ship before the war, continued this service until it was scrapped and sold in 1929



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