Count Dohna and His SeaGull ©
Foreward torpedo tube on SeaGull cleared for action against the Netherby Hall on January 9, 1917. In command (wearing white uniform) is Torpedo Officer Friedrich Bartel.
SeaGull was armed with swivel-mounted 50-cm torpedo tubes. On the first Atlantic voyage a torpedo tube was mounted on each side of the main deck just aft of the 150-mm guns. Two additional torpedo tubes were added in May 1916 while the SeaGull was outfitted for the second Atlantic voyage. They were mounted on the main deck toward the stern.
A 50-cm torpedo (GR 50cm G7) is 19.7 inches in diameter and 23 feet in length. Each weighted 3,009 pounds and carried a 430-pound hexanite explosive charge. On the first Atlantic voyage one type of torpedo was used. They were effective for short distances with a speed of 37 knots and a range of 2.5 miles. For the second Atlantic voyage two additional torpedo tubes were armed with Schwarzkopf torpedoes. They were effective for long distances with a speed of 27 knots and a range of 5.8 miles.
Torpedoes were not an effective weapon on auxiliary cruisers such as SeaGull.
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