January 23, 2022

Valkyrjen - a Norwegian destroyer from the end of the 19th century, the first ship of this class in the Norwegian Navy. The unit was launched in 1896 at the German Schichau shipyard in Elbląg and in the same year it was included in the Royal Norwegian Navy. The destroyer was decommissioned in 1922 and scrapped the following year.

Design and construction

At the turn of the 19th and 20th centuries, anti-torpedo ships appeared in many fleets, initially called destroyers, and then destroyers. The first Norwegian unit of this class was the Schichau "Valkyrjen" commissioned from the German shipyard, the design of which was based on the D-type squadron torpedo boats (German: Divisionstorpedoboote). "Valkyrjen" was built at the Schichau shipyard in Elbląg. The ship's keel was laid in 1895 and launched in 1896. Funding for the construction of the vessel came from a fundraiser carried out among Norwegian women. The name of the ship referred to the Valkyrie from German mythology.

Tactical and technical data

The ship was a destroyer with an overall length of 59.4 meters (57.98 meters between verticals), 7.42 meters wide and a maximum draft of 2.59 meters. Normal displacement was 375 tons and full displacement 415 tons. The unit was powered by two vertical triple-expansion steam engines with a total power of 3300 HP, steam supplied by two Thornycroft boilers. The ship's top speed was 23 knots. The ship carried a reserve of 88 tons of coal, which provided a range of 3,800 nautical miles at a speed of 10 knots. The artillery units consisted of two single 76 mm L / 40 Armstrong N 12-pounder cannons and four single 37 mm L / 45 Hotchkiss 1-pounder cannons. The torpedo weapons were two single tubes of 450 mm caliber. The ship's crew consisted of 59 officers, non-commissioned officers and sailors.


Valkyrjen was admitted to the Royal Navy in 1896. During World War I, the destroyer was already obsolete. The ship was withdrawn from the fleet in 1922. The unit was scrapped in 1923.



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