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Name: HARALD HAARFAGRE
Type: Coastal Defence Ship
Keel: 18/03/1896
Launched: 04/01/1897
Completed: 18/12/1897
Builder: Sir WG Armstrong, Mitchell & Co
Yard: Low Walker
Yard Number: 648
Dimensions: 3435disp, 280.0 x 48.6 x 16.7(draft)ft
Engines: 2 x VT3cyl (24, 35.5 & 54ins x 30ins), 4560ihp
Engines by: R & W Hawthorn Leslie Ltd, Newcastle
Propulsion: 2 x Screws, 16.0knots
Construction: Steel
Armament: 2 x 1 x 8.2ins, 6 x 1 x 4.7ins, 6 x 1 x 12pdr guns, 2 x 2 x 18.0ins torpedoes;
(1940: 6 x 1 x 10.5cms, 2 x 1 x 40mm, 14 x 1 x 20mm AA guns)
History:
10/06/1897 Royal Norwegian Navy
1940 Government of Germany; renamed THETIS
1945 Royal Norwegian Navy; renamed HARALD HAARFAGRE
1947 Broken up
Comments: Often referred to as a Battleship, but of very limited range
1939: Disarmed as part of Norwegian neutrality
1940: Converted by Germany into a floating antiaircraft battery
1943: Used as a floating listening post for the German battleship TIRPITZ
1945: Used as a floating barracks
1947: Broken up at Stavanger


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