10.5 cm Schnellade Kanonen C/88 [Naval Gun] - SMS Emden (Germany)

Accession Number RELAWM05092
Collection type Technology
Object type Artillery
Physical description Paint, Steel
Location Anzac Hall: Main Hall: Naval
Maker fried Krupp ag
Place made Germany
Date made Unknown
Conflict First World War, 1914-1918

10.5 cm Schnellade Kanonen C/88 [Naval Gun]. The gun is mounted on an MPL C/1904 mount. Breech markings: The gun is numbered 'Nr. 404.L / FRIED. KRUPP' at the rear of the breech, but there is no date. At the top of the breech are the numbers 'K4373 / Nr.1320'. Neither of the hand recuperator/buffer cylinders are numbered. The right of the mount is numbered '21684'.

History / Summary

This is one of ten 10.5 cm rapid fire guns from SMS Emden which was wrecked during the action with HMAS Sydney on 9 November 1914 in the vicinity of the Cocos-Keeling Islands. This is one of two guns recovered from the Emden wreck by HMS Cadmus in February 1915. Four guns (two complete guns and mountings and two barrels) were subsequently salvaged and sent to Singapore, where they were transhipped onto the SS Montoro. The Montoro delivered the items to Garden Island in mid 1918. The other gun is located in Hyde Park, Sydney to commemorate the five sailors who died on HMAS Sydney and the German dead in the action.

Rate of fire was up to twelve rounds per minute.

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