SMS Lussin (1883)

Lussin at Pola, c.late 1880s. Photo in the collection of the US Navy History & Heritage Command.

Ship Class
Ship Type
Laid Down
1882
Launched
1883
Commissioned
1884
Decommissioned
1928
AD/BC
AD
History

SMS Lussin was a one-off torpedo cruiser, built for the Austro-Hungarian Navy. Commissioned in 1884, Lussin was intended for scouting duties, but her lack of speed and firepower quickly rendered her obsolescent. Lussin became a stokers training ship in 1889, but continued to participate in annual fleet maneuvers during the next decade. She was turned into a mothership for torpedo boats in 1898, and became an Admiralty Yacht in 1910, before seeing use as an accommodation ship for German U-Boat crews stationed in Pola from 1916-18. After the end of World War I, Lussin was given to the Italians, who renamed her Sorrento, and used her as a depot ship for their motor torpedo boats. She was scrapped in 1928.