8.8 cm/35 (3.46") SK L/35
Updated 05 February 2011
An interim weapon used to arm coastal battleships and cruisers of the late 1890s and early 1900s.  Replaced by the more powerful 8.8 cm/45 (3.46") SK L/45 on new construction.

8.8 cm/35 (3.46") SK C/35 on Armored Cruiser Vineta
Paint scheme appears to be that of the sub-Asiatic Squadron
Note the shield to protect the gunner from the ejected cartridge case
Photograph courtesy of Peter Lienau

Gun Characteristics
Designation 8.8 cm/35 (3.46") SK L/35
Ship Class Used On Pre-dreadnoughts:  Braunschweig and Deutschland classes

Cruisers:  Prinz Adalbert and Scharnhorst classes

Torpedo Boats:  S-138 class

Victoria Louise class as rearmed

Date Of Design about 1900
Date In Service 1904
Gun Weight N/A
Gun Length oa about 121 in (3.080 m)
Bore length N/A
Rifling Length N/A
Grooves N/A
Lands N/A
Twist N/A
Chamber Volume N/A
Rate Of Fire 12 rounds per minute (?)
Type Fixed
Complete Round Weight N/A
Projectile Types and Weights HE - 15.4 lbs. (7 kg)
Bursting Charge N/A
Projectile Length N/A
Propellant Charge N/A
Muzzle Velocity about 2,300 fps (690 mps)
Working Pressure N/A
Approximate Barrel Life N/A
Ammunition stowage per gun Braunschweig, Prinz Adalbert and Scharnhorst:  150 rounds
Deutschland:  140 rounds
Victoria Louise:  250 rounds
S-138:  100 rounds
Elevation With 15.4 lbs. (7.0 kg) HE Shell
25 degrees 9,610 yards (8,790 m)
Mount / Turret Data
Designation Braunschweig (18), Deutschland (20), Prinz Adalbert (12), Scharnhorst (18), Victoria Louise (3) and S-138 (1):  N/A
Weight  N/A
Elevation -5 (?) / +25 degrees
Elevation Rate Manual operation, only
Train N/A
Train Rate Manual operation, only
Gun recoil N/A
Data from
"Conway's All the World's Fighting Ships:  1906-1922" by Randal Gray and Robert Gardiner (Editor)
"German Warships 1815-1945" by Erich Gröner
Special help from Peter Lienau and Enrique Mas
Page History

29 October 2006 - Benchmark
05 February 2011 - Additional projectile and range information