was a class of two gunboats
built for the Royal Norwegian Navy
between 1884 and 1887. Small, nimble vessels, they were armed with a single large caliber gun for offensive purposes and several small, quick firing guns for self defence.
The main gun was large for such a small craft, roughly a quarter of the length of the whole vessel, and of the same caliber as heavy battleship guns of the same era. It must be assumed that the Gor-class was built in the belief that they would have been able to inflict serious damage to an opposing battleship.
Service history and fate
Shortly before World War I
, both vessels were rebuilt as minelayers
. During this rebuild, the heavy, large caliber gun was replaced with a more modern 12 cm breachloader, and one of the 37 mm guns was replaced with a more potent 57 mm (Tyr
) or 76 mm (Gor
) gun. With the heavy gun and ammunition removed, these diminutive vessels could then carry a useful number of mines.
Both vessels were kept in service until the German invasion in 1940 and both fell into German hands for the remainder of the war.
After World War II, the vessels were returned to the Royal Norwegian Navy, and scrapped.