San Luis class (1913) the Argentine Destroyer (pos German G-101 class)

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Here I am going to suggest these Argentine Torpedo Leader Destroyers that are little known, since shortly before finishing their construction these were requisitioned by Germany during the WWO.
My intention is to suggest the ships according to the characteristics they would have had in Argentine service, with equipment that would have combined American weapons and a German hull.
At the same time, leaving the chance for another user to suggest the German versions of these ships.

Schemes and Photographs


A “San Luis” illustration.

A “San Luis” during construction.

A “San Luis” during construction.

A “G-101” german redisign

A “G-101” in german service.

A “G-101” in german service.

A “G-101” in british Scapa Flow.

A “G-101” in american target practices.

A “G-101” in american target practices.



The “San Luis” class was originally an order of four destroyers for Argentina that were completed at the shipyards of Germaniawerft (Kiel, Germany). It is known in English literature as the “Santiago” or “Santiago del Estero” class and in German literature as the “G-101” class. The four destroyers were named “San Luis”, “Santiago del Estero”, “Santa Fé” and “Tucumán”, as a tribute to Argentine provinces.

The Argentine Naval Program of 1910 established the purchase of 12 to 16 units of explorer-torpedo destroyers. Of these, 4 were acquired from shipyards in the United Kingdom and were called the “San Luis” class, another 4 were acquired from shipyards in France and were called the “San Juan” class and another 4 were acquired from German shipyards and were called “Catamarca” and “Córdoba” subclasses. The “Argentine type” was a 1,000 ton warship that reached 32 knots and carried 4 cannons and 4 torpedo launchers. The English destroyers were sold to Greece, because they did not meet the requirements of the contract, so they had to be replaced by a new order.

The “new Argentine type” of 1913 was a 1,200 ton warship that reached 32 knots and carried 4 cannons and 8 torpedo launchers. However, when World War One broke out in 1914, after a year of construction, the Germans seized the ships and placed them into the Kaiserliche Marine service. In 1915 the 4 destroyers began their service as the “G-101” class. The original design was modified in it’s superstructure, boilers and armament. After the German defeat, the ships were captured by the United Kingdom and years later were subjected to attack tests in the United States.

Technical characteristics


Size and Weight

  • Dimensions: 95.3 x 9.5 meters.
  • Design normal displacement: 1,250 long tons.
  • Design maximum displacement: 1,450 long tons (later 1,710 long tons*).
  • Design fuel: 350 tons of oil (later 500 tons*).
  • Crew: ~130 people.


  • Belt: Structural steel.
  • Deck: Structural steel.
  • Conning tower: Structural steel.
  • Main fire tower: No.


  • Machinery: 2 Cruiser turbine-diesel engines, 2 Schultz boilers, 2 shafts.
  • Design engine power: 30,000 horsepower (later 29,400 horsepower*).
  • Design maximum speed: 32.0 knots (later 33.7 knots*).


  • Main battery: 4 x 101.6 millimeter 50 caliber Bethlehem guns in single mounts**.
  • Main battery configuration: broadside of 4 guns, 48 shots per minute (4×1, 1-1-1-1, 4|4 configuration).
  • Grenades and projectiles: Argentine AP and Bethlehem HE; weight of both 14.0 kilograms, muzzle velocity of both 914 meters per second, range of both 10.1 kilometres and rate of fire of both 12 rounds per minute.
  • Torpedo battery: 8 × 533.4 millimeter 6.5 meters Berliner Maschinenbaudouble or Whitehead torpedo tubes in double mounts.
  • Torpedo battery configuration: broadside of 4 tubes (4×2, 2|2-2|2, 4|4).
  • Torpedoes: Berliner Maschinenbaudouble torpedoes; weight of ~1,2 tons, charge of ~150 kilograms and range of 7.0 kilometres. And Whitehead torpedoes; weight of ~1,0 tons, charge of ~150 kilograms and range of 5.0 kilometres

*After the german requisition and modifications.
**Many publications mentions 3 guns.



These destroyers combine American and German equipment, which makes them attractive. However, since these are from the First World War, they are limited in their capabilities.

  • Access: Collectable.
  • Ranking: I.
  • Rating: 3.3-3.7.



Sources of Information

  • Apuntes Buques Armada Argentina. Volume 5 (pages 2283-2285).
  • Boletín del Centro Naval. 1912.
  • Conway’s All World Fighting Ships. 1906-1921 (page 170).
  • Die Deutschen Kriegsschiffe. 1815-1945. Volume 2. (page 62).
  • Navypedia’s Fighting Ships. 1914-1918 (page 207).
  • Revista General de Marina. 1913/1915/1916.
  • Sea War Peace (G-101 (эсминцы 1915)).
  • Исторические записки посла по особым поручениям (pages 527-532).
  • Морская Кампания. 2017/9. (pages 48-49).
  • Тайфун. 1996/1 (page 25, 32-33).
  • Эскадренные миноносцы и миноносцы Германии (pages 81-82).

I look forward to your comments and votes! Regards


A +1 from me, would be neat to see both the G-101 and an example of the San Luis-class unmodified added to the game

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