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Friday, 15 December 2017

German Type 143 intelligence collection ship Oker (A53) 1986-

Kiel, Germany 30 April 2016

Germany-flagged, call sign DHRG and homeport Kiel, Germany. Ordered on 3 July 1985. Laid down by Flensburger Schiffsbaugesellschaft, Flensburg, Germany on 15 December 1986, launched on 24 September 1987 and commissioned on 24 November 1988. Part of the Oste-class or 423 classe consisting of the Oker, Alster and Oste. Built using commercial standards. Displacement 3.200 (service)-2.375 (type) ton and as dimensions 75,70 (between perpendiculars)-83,50 x 14,60 x 4,18 metres. Speed 20 knots. Could be fitted out with 2x1-2,7cm Mauser 27 anti aircraft machineguns. Crew numbered 42 men to which 38 technicians were added. 

German submarine U 995 1942-1945, Norwegian Kaura 1946-1965 and German U 995 1965-

Laboe, Germany 1 May 2016

VIIC-type. Field post number M 55055. Laid down by Blohm&Voss, Hamburg, Germany with yard number 195 on 2 November 1942, launched on 22 July 1943, commissioned on 16 September 1943 , handed over to England, handed over to the Norwegian navy in 1946 and commissioned as the Kaura, used as training ship between 1952-1962, decommissioned on 1965, sold for one Mark to Germany, restored in the May 1945 condition which was completed in 1971 and since 13 March 1972 lying at Laboe, Germany.

Dimensions 67,2 x 6,2 x 4,8 x 9,6 (hold) metres and a displacement of 759 (surfaced)-1.070 (submerged) cubic metres. Diameter hull 4,7 metres. Diving depth 12- (design)-240 (actual) metres. Crew numbered 37-42 men. Armament consisted of 5 torpedo tubes (bow 4, stern 1) for which 12 torpedoes or 26-39 mines were carried, 1-3,7cm anti aircraft gun and 1x2-2cm anti aircraft machine guns. The machinery consisted of 2-1.400hp 6-cylinder Man diesels and 2x375hp BBC electric engines allowing a speed of 17 (surfaced-7,6 (submerged) knots and a range of 10.000 nautical miles with 7 knots while surfaced and while submerged 130 nautical miles with 2 knots. Fuel oil bunker capacity 113,5 tons. 

British naval program demanding all shipbuilding capacity within England according to the Dutch magazine Marineblad dated 1937 No. 3

An item referred to the magazine U.S.R. dated 8 April 1937 reporting that at the end of the same year 5 battleships were to be under reconstruction in England as part of a program for 9 battleships. The speed of realizing the increase was limited lacking shipbuilding capacity. With 143 ships and vessels for the British Royal Navy now under construction by naval and private shipyards was the amount of orders/work overwhelming. 

The British naval building program of 1937 according to the Dutch magazine Marineblad dated 1937 No. 3

King George V-class battleships

An item referred to the magazine le Yacht dated 20 March 1937 reporting that the British naval budget 1937-1938 with 105 million pound sterling was increased with 30% compared with the budget year 1936-1937 with 81 million. For new building was 14 million available. The building program for 1937 consisted of 3 King George V-class battleships, 2 aircraft carriers, 5-.8.000 ton cruisers, 3-5.300 ton cruisers, 16 J-class destroyers, 7 submarines, 3 escort sloops, 4 minesweepers, 3 coastal sloops, 1 mother ship for destroyers and 1 for submarines, 1 survey vessel, 2 river gunboats, 2 vessels for special services, 10 torpedo motor boats, 16 vessels for barriers defence and 2 tugs. Totally 80 ships and vessels with a total tonnage pf around 25.000 tons. The personnel strength was enlarged to 112.000 men. The R.U.S.I. dated February 1937 reported that 85% of the new building budget was used for wages. 

USA should built transport flying boats instead of cargo ships according to the Dutch newspaper Het volk dated 1 August 1942

An item reported that several experts of the American War Production Board protested against the project of engineer Henry Kaiser.(1) He proposed the US cabinet to instead continued with building cargo ships to chose for 5.000 transport flying boats. According to the experts could the project not be executed while lacking raw materials including chrome. Kaiser tried president Franklin Delano Roosevelt be interest in his project.

Note
1. Henry John Kaiser (9 May 1882 Sprout Brook, New York, USA-24 August 1967 Honolulu, Hawaii, USA), founder of the modern American shipbuilding. His shipyard at Richmond, California, USA became during the Second World War well known for the extreme fast building of cargo ships, the Liberty and Victory ships. In 1941 reacquired Fleetwings Incorporation renamed Kaiser-Fleetwings, a factory building flying boats. 

British flying boats visiting British Indies, Burma, Singapore, Dutch East Indies and Australia according to the Dutch magazine Marineblad 1934 no. 7

An item referred to the magazine R.U.S.I. dated November 1934 reporting that 3 Rangoon flying boats flew from Basra via Karatsji (Pakistan), Udaipur (British Indies), Allahabad (British Indies), Chittagong (British Indies now Bangladesh), Rangoon (Burma now Myanmar), Singapore, Batavia (Dutch East Indies), Darwin (Australia), Sydney (Australia) towards Melbourne (Australia). It was the first time that flying boat flew such a long course above land. 

British Under-Secretary of State for Air Sir Philip Sassoon visiting navy and air force bases in Egypt and Singapore according to the Dutch magazine Marineblad 1934 no. 7

An item referred to the magazine R.U.S.I. dated November 1934 reporting that the British Under-Secretary of State for Air Sir Philip Sassoon (1) departed on 22 September from England with the new flying boat Singapore III (2) towards Aboukir, Egypt. From there he continued his inspection tour using RAF aircraft towards Singapore arriving there on 8th October. He visited there the naval base, the coastal defence works and the RAF. flying along the east coast and nearby islands in a flying boat.

Notes
1. Sir Philip Albert Gustave David Sasson, 3rd baronet (4 December 1888-3 June 1939), fulfilled this position between 1931-1937.
2. The Short Singapore III or Short S.19 flying boat of Short Bross used by the 230 Squadron at Alexandria, Egypt and 205 Squadron at Singapore?

British Royal Navy replacing destroyers stationed in the Far East and Mediterranean according to the Dutch magazine Marineblad 1934 no. 7

An item referred to the magazine Marine Rundschau dated November 1934 reporting that the 1st flotilla destroyers of the Mediterranean Fleet consisting of the D-class destroyers built in 1930 would depart in end October towards Hong Kong. There were the V en W-classes destroyers of the VIII flotilla which were for the main part aged to be replaced. On their turn were those destroyers to be added to the Mediterranean Fleet. 

Thursday, 14 December 2017

German law enforce vessel Schleswig-Holstein 1988-

Kiel, Germany 30 April 2016

Germany-flagged, IMO 211207990 and call sign DLVB and Ale sign ZSHQ. Built by Schiffs- und Bootswerft Fr. Schweer, Berne=Bardenfleet/Weser, Germany in 1988. Customs service. 

German pilot vessel Bülk

Kiel, Germany 1 May 2016

Germany-flagged, MMSI 211546840 and call sign DBEK. 

German general cargo ship (ex-Frej 1994-2006, Trans Frej 2006-2014) Frej 2014-

Kiel, Germany 1 May 2016

Antigua&Barbuda-flagged, homeport Saint John’s, IMO 9101156, MMSI 304010515 and call sign V2AF7. Ex-Frej renamed December 2006 and Trans Frej renamed 8 January 2014. Owned and managed by Speck Reederei, Horsten, Germany. Built by JJ Sietas Schiffswerft, Hamburg, Germany in 1994. 

German passengers ship Merkur II 1967-

Kiel, Germany 1 May 2016

Germany-flagged, IMO 8738108, MMSI 211209510 and call sign DJNK. Yacht. Built by Evers Wwerft, Niendorgf, Germany in 1967. 

French cabinet intended to strengthen French fleet according to the Dutch magazine Marineblad dated 1938 no. 6

An item referred to the magazine Marine Rundschau dated August 1938 reporting that the French cabinet hoped to fix new building terms to realize totally 200.000 tons under the Budget year 1938 2 battleships, 2 aircraft carriers, 2-8.000 ton cruisers, 6 destroyers, 12 submarines and another 24.000 ton of smaller vessels. Before 31 December 1938 were all ships and vessels to be laid down and to be commissioned before 31 December 1942. 

Brazilian battleships Minas Geraes and Sao Paulo modernized/being modernized according to the Dutch magazine Marineblad dated 1938 no. 6


Minas Gerais-class

An item referred to the magazine Schiffbau dated 15 August 1938 reported that the Brazilian battleship Minas Geraes (1) was recommissioned after her modernisation. The 18 coal fired boilers were replaced by oil fuelled boilers and the space which came available as a result was used for increasing her bunker capacity. The range of the 12-30,5cm/12” guns was increased by enlarging the elevation. At that moment was the modernisation of her sister ship Sao Paulo (2) in the USA going on.

Notes
1. Of the Minas Geraes-class consisting of the Minas Geraes and the Sao Paulo. Building ordered in 1906, laid down at Armstrong Whitworth, Newcastle-on-Tyne, England with yard number 791 on 17 April 1907, launched on 10 September 1908, completed on 5 January 1910, modernized 22 August 1920-4 October 1921 at New York, modernized at the Rio de Janeiro Naval Yard between June 1931-April 1938, modernized 1939-1943, during the Second World War serving as floating battery in the harbour of Salvador, decommissioned on 16 May 1952, stricken on 31 December 1952, sold to SA Cantiete Navale de Santa Maria, departed on 1 March 1954 to her final fate arriving on 22 April 1954 at Genoa, Italy where she was the same year broken up.
2. Of the Minas Geraes-class consisting of the Minas Geraes and the Sao Paulo. Laid down at Vickers, Barrow, England on 30 April 1907, launched and baptized by Mrs. Régis de Oliveira, on 19 April 1909, commissioned on 12 July 1910, refitted at New York, USA between 7 August 1918-7 January 1920, not modernized during to her worse condition in the 1930 served as harbour defence ship during the Second World War, stricken on 2 August 1947, Training vessel until August 1951, sold to the Iron and Steel Corporation of Great Britain to be broken up and sunk when she was underway from Rio de Janeiro to the scrap yard at Greenock with her caretaker crew on board north of the Azores in early November 1951 without finding a trace of her back

Russian navy further strengthened according to the Dutch magazine Marineblad dated 1938 no. 6

Kirov

Maxim Gorky

An item referred to the U.S.R. dated 28 July 1938 in which Sir Herbert Russell (1) wrote that without doubts a powerful Russian navy could play an important role in the balance of the international armaments. That balance was of utmost importance for keeping peace. The 8.000 ton cruiser Kirov (2) was just completed and her sister ships Kuybysheff (3) and Orjonikidre (4) nearly. The keel of a fourth ship was just laid down. On the moment were 1.500 ton submarines (5) under construction which were to be stationed at Murmansk where already 3-40 submarines seems to be.

Notes
1. Sir Herbert Henry William Russell (28 March 1869 Kensington, England-23 March 1944 Hampton, England), journalist.
2. Kirov-class (Project 26), consisting of Kirov, Voroshilov, Maxim Gorky, Molotov, Kaganovich (renamed Lazar Kaganovich and Petropavlovsk) and Kalinin. preceded by Admiral Nakhimov-class and succeeded by Chapayev-class. Laid down by Ordzhonikidze Yard, Leningrad, Russia on 22 October 1935, launched on 30 November 1936, commissioned on 26 September 1938 and broken up on 22 April 1974.
3. The Kuybyshev. Chapayev-class (Project 68), consisting of Chapayev, Zheleznyakov, Kuybyshev, Chkalov, Frunze and the two captured by the Germans still on the slipways Ordzhinikidze and Sverdlov, preceded by the Kirov-class and succeeded by the Sverdlov-class. Laid down by Marti Yard (Shipyard 200), Nikolayev, Ukraine on 31 August 1939, launched on 31 January 1941, completed on 22 December 1950 and decommissioned in 1965.
4. The Ordzhinikidze. Chapayev-class (Project 68), consisting of Chapayev, Zheleznyakov, Kuybyshev, Chkalov, Frunze and the two captured by the Germans still on the slipways Ordzhinikidze and Sverdlov, preceded by the Kirov-class and succeeded by the Sverdlov-class.
5. The K-class with a displacement of 1.490 9surfaced)-2.600 (submerged) tons and as dimensions 97,65 x 7,4 x 4,51 metres of which the design was approved in 1936. Long range submarine cruiser, of which 12 were built, with an armament of 10-53,3cm/21.6” torpedo tubes, 2-10cm/3.9” guns, 2-4,5cm/1.57” guns and 20 mines. To be succeeded by the never realized KU-class. 

The German aircraft carrier Graf Zeppelin obvious meant for sole commerce raiding activities according to the Dutch magazine Marineblad 1939 no. 2

An item referred to the magazine U.S.R. dated 22 December 1938 reporting that the British aircraft carrier HMS Ark Royal had just an anti aircraft armament of 16-11,4cm/4,5” guns to which 32-4cm/1.57’/20d pom pom and 8x4-12,7mm/0.50” machineguns were added but none guns for acting against surface units. Her German opponent the Graf Zeppelin was another story. Except for the 10-10,5cm anti aircraft guns and 22 smaller anti aircraft guns was she to be armed with 16-115cm guns, heavily armoured and a maximum speed of 32 knots, one knot faster as the Ark Royal. The author of the note stated that it was clearly that the Graf Zeppelin was fitted out for independent ocean operations and would be a to be feared opponent as a commerce raider.

Note
1. Laid down at the Deutsche Werke, Kiel, Germany on 28 December 1936, launched on 8 December 1938, fell into Russian hands and destroyed on 14 August 1947 used for tests with shells and bombs, although torpedoes were needed to sunk her. Wreck found back on 12 July 2006. Displacement was 34.088 tons/33.550 long tons, speed 33,8 knots and according to a proposal dated 1939 was she to carry 42 aircraft. Belonged to the Graf Zeppelin which was number 2 ships namely the Graf Zeppelin and the ‘B‘ never launched and broken up sill on the slipways. The armament consisted of 16-15cm/6” C/28 quick firing guns, 12-10,5cm C/33 quick firing anti aircraft guns, 22-3,7cm/1.5” C/30 quick firing anti aircraft guns and 28-2cm FlaK anti aircraft guns. 

Wednesday, 13 December 2017

German sailing training ship Prinzess Eitel Friedrich 1909-1920, Colbert 1920-1929, Dar Pomorza 1929-

Model Rudolf Teuber, 1991

Launched by Blohm&Voss, Hamburg, Germany for the Deutsche Schulschiff-Verein on 28 September 1909, commissioned on 6 April 1910, decommissioned in October 1919, towed towards Bremen, Germany, handed over to France as war reparations in 1920, renamed Colbert, she was never used by the Seamen’s school at St. Nazaire, France, handed over to Baron de Forrest, bought by Poland in 1920, renamed Dar Pomorza and served as training ship, decommissioned on 4 August 1982 and nowadays museum ship. . Displacement 2.150 tons and as dimensions 70 (between perpendiculars) x 12,497 (over thrushes) x 3,00 x 7,315 (depth upper side keel-upper deck) metres. Sail area 2.100 square metres. 

German training sailing ship Niobe (1913) 1922-1932

Model by Gerhardt Brodt, 1900

Launched  as the steel-built 4-mast gaff schooner Morten Jensen in Fredrikshvan Vaerft of Flydedok, Frederikshavn, Denmark on 2 August 1913, used as a cargo ship by F.L. Knakkergaard, Nykøbing Mors, sold to Norway and renamed Tyholm in 1916, captured by the German submarine SM UB-41 while loaded with mine timber underway towards England on 21 November 1916, sold to German private ship owners, served under several names as Aldebaran, Niobe and Schwalbe, purchased by the German navy in 1922, converted into a 3-mast barque and renamed in 1922, commissioned on 30 April 1923, trainings ship of the navy and sunk during a thunderstorm in the Fehmarn Belt on 26 July 1932, salvaged on 21 August 1932, towed to Kiel, Germany and finally ceremonially sunk by the German torpedo boat Jaguar. Just 40 men were saved, another 69 killed.

Displacement 645 tons and as dimensions 46,1 (without bowsprit)-57,8 (over all) x 9,17 x 5,2 metres or 151.3-189.8 x 30.1 x 17.1 feet. Fitted out with 1-160 shp 2-cylinder two-stroke Bolinder engine. Sail area 983 square metres/10.580 square feet. Crew numbered 34 men (including 7 officers) with accommodation for 65 cadets. 

German training sailing ship Deutschland 1927-

Model dates from around 1930

Launched steel-built at the Tecklenborg-Werft, Wesermünde, Germany for account of the Deutschen Schulschiff-Verein on 14 June 1927, commissioned end 1927, in the Second World used as hospital ship, next as accommodation ship for the German mine service at Cuxhaven, Germany between August 1946-end December 1947, towed to the American Zone at Bremen, Germany on 22 July 1948 to prevent she was handed over to England, youth hostel between 1949-1952, stationary training ship until 1995 and now lying at Bremen-Vegesack, Germany. Gross register tonnage 1.257 tons, net register tonnage 769 tins and as dimensions 86 x (over all) 12 x 5,18 metres or 282 x 39 x 17 feet. Sail area 1.950 square metres. Speed under sails maximum 16 knots. 

The French naval budget 1937 according to the Dutch magazine Marineblad dated 1937 No. 3

An item referred to the magazine Marine Rundschau dated March 1937 reporting that the French naval budget 1937 with 4.460 million francs was with 31% expanded compared with the 3.396 million of 1936. This was caused by the new social laws causing a working week of 40 hours and a budget increase of 694 million francs. To the personnel strength were3.750 men, now totally numbering 67.000 men. 

The Japanese naval budget 1937-1938 according to the Dutch magazine Marineblad dated 1937 No. 3

An item referred to the Proceedings dated March 1937 reported that the Japanese naval budget over 1937-1938 with 681.653.000 yen was huge increased compared with 551.831.000 yen of the budget year 1936-1937. 

Large number of aircraft and engines in 1936 purchased by the US Navy according to the Dutch magazine Marineblad dated 1937 No. 3

An item referred to the magazine Marine Rundschau dated March 1937 reporting that in 1936 352 aircraft were delivered to the naval air force. It included 16 so-called Great Lakes bombers, 84 so-called Chance Vought scout-bombers, 49 Grumman fighters, 11 Grumman amphibious aircraft, 51 training vessels (of which 50 Stearman), 4 Vought reconnaissance aircraft, 2 Dougast transport planes and 135 Curtiss scouts. Further more were 445 engines received of which 382 were manufactured by Pratt&Whitney Company, Hartford, Connecticut, USA. and 61 by Wrigth Aez. Corporation [Wright Aeronautical Corporation, part of Curtiss-Wright Airplane Division?]. 

USA founded naval airbase on St. Thomas according to the Dutch magazine Marineblad dated 1937 No. 3

An item referred to the magazine R.U.S.I. dated February 1937 reporting that the USA established a new naval airbase on St. Thomas stationing 2 escadrilles with totally 36 aircraft. The new base was of utmost strategically importance for the defence of the Panama Canal. 

Realisation of British naval building programs delayed according to the Dutch magazine Marineblad dated 1935 no. 2

An item referred to the Marine Rundschau dated January 1935 reporting that at the end of 1934 a large number of ships were still under construction for the British Royal Navy due to delays in building programs. Under construction with a total tonnage of around 140.000 ton were 4-9.000 ton cruisers, 4-7.000 ton cruisers, 3-5.000 ton cruisers, 8-1.475 ton flotilla leaders, 24-1.375 ton destroyers, 1-1.850 tin submarine, 2-1.500 ton submarines, 3-670 ton submarines, 2-.1060 ton gunboats, 1-375 ton minesweeper, 1-1.170 ton escort vessel, 1 coastal gunboat and 1-1.0600 ton mother ship for destroyers. Nineteen ships with a total tonnage of 36.000 tons to be built under the Budget year 1934-1935 were even not ordered. 

German sailing passengers ship (ex-Tinka 1931-1959, Marga Henning 1959-1965, Silke 1965-1977, Minnow 1977-1982) Thor Heyerdahl 1982-

Kiel, Germany, 29 April 2016

Germany-flagged, homeport Kiel, Germany, IMO 5221491, MMSI 211232340 and call sign DKQH. Gross tonnage 211 tons, deadweight 315 tons and as dimensions 49,83 x 6,53 x 2,95 x 29 (height masts) metres. Sail area 830 square metres. Fitted wout with 1-400jp Deutz engine. Built by Smit&Zoon Scheepswerven, Westerbroek/Hoogezand, Netherlands in 1931, Ex-Tinka renamed 1959, Marga Henning renamed 1965, Silke renamed 1977 and Minnow renamed January 1982. Rebuilt as topsail schooner at Kiel between 1979-1983. 

German hopper dredger launched at launched at Schiedam, Netherlands according to the Dutch newspaper Schiedamsche Courant dated 24 September 1912

An item reported the intended launching next day at the shipyard Gusto at 15.00 o’ clock. The edition a day later reported the launching of the steel made hull of a seagoing hopper, the last of four built for foreign account. She was baptized by Miss Truida Dekker. Dimensions 44 x 8,80 x 4,40 metres. Hopper capacity 400 cubic metres. To be fitted out with 1-300 ihp triple expansion engine and a boiler qith a heating surface of 100 square metres and 13,5kg pressure. Further more the necessary steam winches for lifting anchors and manoeuvres. Would go under own power towards her destination. (1)

Note
1. The yard numbers 438 (Castor) and 440 (Mars) built for Habermann&Guckers, Kiel, Germany and the 439 (Jupiter) and 441 (Pollux) built for V.d. Velde, Kiel, Germany. 

Seagoing dredger Puerto Belgrano 2 arrived at St. Vincent according to the Dutch newspaper Nieuwe Schiedamsche Courant dated 25 February 1913

An item reported that the seagoing dredger Puerto Belgrano 2 which left on 28 January the shipyard Gusto , Schiedam, Netherlands safely arrived at St. Vincent to bunker coal. (1)

Note
1. Built for Pernambuco, Brazil with yard number 442. 

Italian steamship Palestro cruising in the Dutch East Indies according to the Dutch newspaper Java-Bode dated 26 August 1889

An item dated Batavia, Dutch East Indies24th August reported the departure of the Italian steamship Palestro towards Surabaya, Dutch East Indies. 

British ship Baron Blantyre underway from the Dutch East Indies towards Singapore according to the Dutch newspaper Java-Bode dated 26 August 1889

An item dated 23 August reported that the British ship Baron Blantyre received orders to go from Nieuw Anjer, Dutch East Indies towards Singapore. 

German bark Elisabeth underway from England towards Singapore according to the Dutch newspaper Java-Bode dated 26 August 1889

An item dated 24 August reported the passing of Nieuw Anjer, Dutch East Indies of the German bark Elisabeth underway from Cardiff, England towards Singapore. 

Tuesday, 12 December 2017

Dutch Air Defence and command frigate (LCF) Zr.Ms. De Ruyter 2000-

Schelde off Vlissingen, Netherlands 12 December 2017

Laid down on 1 September 2000, launched on 13 April 2002 and commissioned on 22 April 2004. Built by Damen Schelde Naval Shipbuilding, Vlissingen, Netherlands with yard number 384. Of the De Zeven Provinciën-class with as sister ships Evertsen, Tromp and De Zeven Provinciën. Dimensions 144 x 18,8 x 5,1 metres and a maximum displacement of 6.044 ton. Maximum speed 28 knots. Her crew numbers 202 men. The armament consists of VL Standard Missile 2 Block IIIA against ships and air targets, 2-2cm Oerlikon, 1-12,7cm gun, 1/2-3mm Goalkeepers, MK 46 Mod 5 torpedoes, 8-Boeing RGM-84 Harpoon and VL Evolved Sea Sparrow Missiles. One NHI NH90 (M) helicopter. MMSI 244896000 and callsign PAER.

Dutch frigate Zr. Ms. Van Amstel (F831) 1988-

Schelde off Vlissingen, Netherlands 12 December 2017

Netherlands-flagged, MMSI 245965000 and call sign PAME. Of the Karel Dooman-class consisting of  the Karel Doorman (became Belgian Leopold), Van Speijk, Van Amstel, Willem van der Zaan (became Belgian Louise-Marie), Tjerk Hiddes (became Chilean Almirante Riveros), Abraham van der Hulst (became Chilean Almirante Blanco Encalada(, Van Nes (became Portuguese Bartolomeu Dias) and Van Galen (became Portuguese D. Francisco de Almeida). Laid down at the Kon. Mij. De Schelde at Vlissingen, Netherlands on 3 May 1988, launched on 19 May 1991 and commissioned on 27 May 1993. Displacement 3,300 tons and as dimensions 122,25 x 14,37 x 4,3 metres. Crew numbers 154 men. Machinery consists of 33.800 hp via 2 Rolls Royce (Spey 1A) gas turbines and 9.790 hp delivered by 2 Stork-Werkspoor diesels diesel engines allowing a speed of 29 knots. Armament consists of 8 Harpoon SMM missiles, 1-7,6cm Oto-Melara, gun, 16 NATO Seasparrow VLS, 2-2cm Oerlikon machineguns, 2x2 Mk32 torpedo tubes, 1-SGE-30 Goalkeeper and 1 NH-90 helicopter. 

Italy navy increasing her strength of torpedo boats according to the Dutch magazine Marineblad dated 1937 No. 3

An item referred to the magazine Schiffbau dated 1 March 1937 reporting that of the in end 1936 4-650 tons ordered torpedo boats the Polluce and Oartenope were laid down at Naples, Italy. Of the series of 10 torpedo boats earlier ordered were in 1936 the Sagittario, Vega, Aldebaran, Castore, Canopo, Cassiopea and Cigno launched. The remaining three of this series were to be named Altair, Andromeda and Antarès. In 1932-1934 was already budget asked for six almost similar torpedo boats and of which the Spica and Astore in 1935 were completed. The remaining Persoe, Sirio, Climène and Centauro launched. The technical general specifications of these torpedo boat were as follows. Dimensions 78 x 7,88 x 2,58 metres. The armament consisted of 3-10cm/3.9” guns, 2-3,7cm/1.46” anti aircraft guns, 4-1,32cm/0.52” anti aircraft machineguns and 1x2&2x1-45,6cm/18” torpedo tubes. With a horsepower of 19.000hp was the speed 34 knots.(1)

Note
1. The Spica-class of which 32 units were built between 1934-1937 and succeeded by the Ariete-class. 

The Russian Amur-flotilla and her Japanese opponent according to the Dutch magazine Marineblad dated 1937 No. 3

An item reported that the Russian Amur-flotilla consisted of 40 vessels. The largest had a measurement of 1.000 ton with a 2-15cm/5.9” guns in a turret and 4-10cm/3.9” guns. The major part of the vessels were aged but seemed to be modernized recently of even replaced by newer smaller gunboats. Bases were Chabarowsk and Nikolajewesk. The 200 ton vessels were armed with 2-10cm/3.9” guns and 1 howitzer. The smallest motorboats had a displacement of 20 ton and a 3,7cm/1.46” machinegun. Japan built river gunboats for Manchuria but which crewed by Japanese. The number of their vessels was far less than the Russian flotilla and the Russian river-experience was superior. 

Russia building a shipyard along the White Seacoast according to the Dutch magazine Marineblad dated 1937 No. 3

An item referred to the Proceedings dated February 1937 reporting that the along the White Sea coast Russia was building a new shipyard for building icebreakers and passenger ships starting with 2.500 labourers a number to be increased in 1938 to 12.000 men. 

Russian floating dry dock nearly collided with Dutch steamship Simaloer according to the Dutch newspaper Het nieuws van den dag voor Nederlandsch-Indië dated Wednesday 16 June 1937

An item reported that on Monday morning  7th June Sabang, Dutch East Indies was harassed by a very heavy western wind increasing to the strength of a small hurricane. The 5.000 tons large Russian dock destined towards Vladivostok (1) drifted away to the coal wharf when she lost her moorings buoys. At that moment was the Dutch steamship Simaloer of the Stoomvaart Maatschappij Nederland there bunkering. It happened so fast that the tugs Toros and Taifun were not able to act on time and the crew of the Simaloer abandoned the ship. Suddenly the dock stopped when her crew managed to lower an anchor which stuck in an anchor chain of a buoy stopping the dock. The two tugs were now able to enter the dock proving a disaster. The whole day was needed to prepare the departure and finally forced the Russian to cut the dock anchor stick stuck in the chain of the buoy. At 20.00 o’clock left the Taifun and the Toros Sabang.

Note
1. Built within 20 months at Nikolajev, Ukraine with the dimensions 129 x 31 metres. Departed Early April Odesssa. The Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf dated 15 April 1937 reported that she was towed by the in the Netherlands built tugs Toros and Taifoen. The dock was to be used at Vladivostok for ships occupied with fishery, timber transport and so on. The De Telegraaf dated 7 June 1937 reported that the dock departed on 9 April from Odessa reaching on 4 June Sabang. The Dutch newspaper Het volksdagblad dated 22 July 1937 reported that she left Odessa on 18 March arriving on 21 June Hong Kong. The expectation was that due to the favourable weather on 15 July Vladivostok was reached, a month earlier than planned. 

German passengers ship (ex-Westerschelde 1905-1935, De Zwaan 1935-1990m De Nederlander 1990-1999) Freya 1999-

Kiel, Germany, 29 April 2016

Germany-flagged, homeport Kiel, Germany, IMO 8657031, MMSI 211324790 and call sign DJHK. Owned and managed by Insel- und Halligreederei Paulsen Sven, Sylt/Westerland, Germany in 1905. Ex-De Nederlander, Zwaan en Westerschelde. Launched by J.&K. Smit, Kinderdijk, Netherlands as the Werschelde for account of the Provinciale Stoomboot Diensten in Zeeland on 21 April 1905. Ordered in April 1905. 

German fishery research vessel Littorina 1975-


Kiel, Germany, 29 April 2016

Germany-flagged, IMO 7360942, MMSI 211214250 and call sign DLMG. Kiled laid on 23 November 1974 and launched by Schiffswerft Julius Diedrich, Oldersum/Moormerland, Germany on 18 April 1975. Commissioned on 27 June 1975, Cutter. Owned by the state Schleswig-Holstein. 

British steamship Enterprize underway from the Dutch East Indies towards Egypt according to the Dutch newspaper Java-Bode dated 26 August 1889

An item dated 24 August reported the passing of Nieuw Anjer, Dutch East Indies of the British steamship Enterprize underway from Samarang, Dutch East Indies towards Port Saïd, Egypt. 

French steamship Godavery underway from the Dutch East Indies towards Singapore according to the Dutch newspaper Java-Bode dated 5 August 1889

An item dated Batavia, Dutch East Indies 4th reported the departure of the French steamship Godavery master Frager towards Singapore. 

British steamship Baron Douglas underway from the Dutch East Indies towards Egypt according to the Dutch newspaper Java-Bode dated 5 August 1889

An item dated Batavia, Dutch East Indies 3rd reported the departure of the British steamship Baron Douglas master Shields towards Port Saïd, Egypt for orders. 

British steamship Camorta cruising in the Dutch East Indies according to the Dutch newspaper Java-Bode dated 5 August 1889

An item dated Batavia, Dutch East Indies 3rd reported the departure of the British steamship Camorta master Tyfe towards Goenoeng Sitoeli, Nias, Dutch East Indies to assist the steamship Compta. 

British steamship Argus cruising in the Dutch East Indies according to the Dutch newspaper Java-Bode dated 5 August 1889

An item dated Batavia, Dutch East Indies 3rd reported the departure of the British steamship Argus towards Surabaya, Dutch East Indies.

Monday, 11 December 2017

German harbour oil slop tanker Foline II 1910

Kiel, Germany, 29 April 2016

Owned by Harry Stallzus GmbH, Kiel, Germany. Built in 2010. 

Japanese bulk carrier Global Bay 2009-

Schelde off Vlissingen, Netherlands 9 December 2017

Panama-flagged, IMO 9512161, MMSI 370560000 and call sign 3FMP5. Built by Shikoku Dockyard, Takamatsu, Japan in 2009. Owned by Nissen Kaiun and managed by Kyowa Kisen, both at Imabari, Japan. 

British Tribal and J-classes destroyers available for service according to the Dutch magazine Marineblad dated 1939 no. 10

An item referred tot the magazine Revista Marittime dated July 1939 reporting that the 16-1.870 ton destroyers of the Tribal-class with a speed of 36 knots and an armament of 8-12cm/4.7’ and 4-53,3cm/21” torpedo tubes were commissioned. The new destroyers were divided of the 6th flotilla part of the Home Fleet namely the Somali, Ashanti, Eskimo, Matabele, Bedouin, Mashona, Punjabi and Tartar and over the 7th flotilla part of the Mediterranean Fleet namely the Afridi, Cossack, Mohawk, Sikh, Zulu, Gurkha, Maori and Nubian. Some of the 1.690 ton destroyers of the J-class were also commissioned and divided over the same flotillas. The J-class destroyers had with a horsepower of 40.000hp a speed of 36 knots and an armament of 6-12cm/4” guns and 10-53,3cm/21” torpedo tubes. 

The projected strength of the German fleet in 1942 according to the Dutch magazine Marineblad dated 1938 no. 6

battleship Tirpitz

battle cruiser Scharnhorst

pocket battleship/heavy cruiser Admiral Graf Spee

An item referred to the Revista Marittime dated June 1938 reporting that in 1942 the German fleet was to consist of 2-35.000 ton battleships (1) armed with 38,1cm/15” guns, 2-26.000 ton battle cruisers(2)  armed with 28cm/11” guns, 3-10.000 armoured ships (3) armed with 28cm/11” guns, 2-10.000 cruisers (4) armed with 20,3cm/8” guns, 3-10.000 cruisers armed with 15,2cm/6” guns, 8 cruisers varying between 6.000-7.000 ton armed with 15,2cm/6” guns, 2-19.250 ton aircraft carriers (4), 22 destroyers varying between 1.625-1.800 ton, 30 smaller destroyers and 61 submarines.

Notes
1. Bismarck and Tirpitz.
2. Schanhorst and Gneisenau,
3. Admiral Graf Spee, Admiraal Scheer and Deutschland (renamed Lützow in 1940) of the Deutschland-class panzerschiffe, well known as the pocket battleships later reclassified as heavy cruisers.
4. The Admiral Hipper class heavy cruisers which were under the Anglo-German Naval Agreement to have a displacement of 10.000 tons, but which was actually varying between 18.492 and 20.118 tons and a main armament of 9-20,3cm guns. In the Kriegsmarine served the Admiral Hipper, Blücher and Prinz Eugen, the Lützow was sold to the Soviet Union in 1940 and the Seydlitz still uncompleted ceded to the Soviet Union.
5. The Graf Zeppelin never completed and the Flugzeugträger B which was laid down in 1938 but still on the slipway broken up in 1940. 

The Italian naval strength in 1941 according to the Dutch magazine Marineblad dated 1938 no. 6

An item reported that the Italian fleet in 1941 was to number 678.265 tons divided over 8 battleships (244.000 tons), 1 aircraft carrier (4.960 tons), 9 heavy cruisers (85.431 tons), 15 light cruisers (85.532 tons), 86 destroyers (115.000 tons), 65 torpedo boats (41.542 tons), 130 submarines (99.800 tons) and 75 motor torpedo boats (2.000 tons). 

The active Italian submarine strength according to the Dutch magazine Marineblad dated 1938 no. 6

An item referred to the magazine Revista Marittime dated March 1938 reporting that at that moment 80 Italian submarines were in active service. Fifty of these were stationed near the strait between Sicilia and Tunisia or 28 at La Spezia, 2-3 at Naples, 17-20 at Messina and 30 at Tarente. 

Moroccan light surveillance frigate Hassan II (612) 2001-


Schelde off Vlissingen, Netherlands 9 December 2017

Laid down by Chantiers de l’Atlantique, St. Nazaire, France in 2001, launched on 7 December 2001 and commissioned in 2002. Floréal-class. Displacement 2.600 (standard)-2.950 (full load) tons and as dimensions 93,5 x 14 x 4,4 metres. The machinery consisted of 4 SEMT-Pielstick PA6 L280 BTC diesels supplying 9,600hp allowing a speed of 20 knots and with a speed of 15 knots is the range 10.000 nautical miles. Crew numbered 120 men including 11 officers. The armament consists of 1-7,6cm/62,2 OTO Breda Compact gun and 2-2cm/90 Giat machineguns and further more 2 NN38Exocet SSM missiles. 

British ship Crown of Scotland arrived in the Dutch East Indies coming from England according to the Dutch newspaper Java-Bode dated 5 August 1889

An item dated Batavia, Dutch East Indies 5th reported the arrival of the British ship Crown of Scotland coming from Liverpool, shipping agents J. Daendels&Co. 

Norwegian steamship Sverre arrived in the Dutch East Indies coming from Singapore according to the Dutch newspaper Java-Bode dated 5 August 1889

An item dated Batavia, Dutch East Indies 4th reported the arrival of the Norwegian steamship Sverre coming from Singapore, shipping agents E.C. Suermondt&Co. 

British steamship Devonshire cruising in the Dutch East Indiess according to the Dutch newspaper Java-Bode dated 5 August 1889

An item dated Batavia, Dutch East Indies 4th reported the arrival of the British steamship Devonshire master Purvis, coming from Surabaya, Dutch East Indies, shipping agents Mclaine Watson&Co. 

German ship Hermann underway from Siam towards England according to the Dutch newspaper Java-Bode dated 5 August 1889

An item dated 2nd August reported the passing of Nieuw Anjer, Dutch East Indies of the German ship Hermann underway from Bangkok, Siam towards Falmouth, England for orders. 

German ship Raiser underway from England towards Singapore according to the Dutch newspaper Java-Bode dated 5 August 1889

An item dated 2nd August reported the passing of Nieuw Anjer, Dutch East Indies of the German ship Raiser underway from Cardiff, England towards Singapore. 

Sunday, 10 December 2017

Algerian frigate El-Moudamir (911) 2013-


Kiel, Germany 28 April 2016

Algeria-flagged, MMSI 605126440 and call sign 7TLT. MEKO A200AN-design which is an improved Valour-class design . El Radii-class consisting of the El Radii and El Moudamir. Departed in May 2017 towards Algeria. Probably ordered on 26 March 2012. Displacement 3.700 tons and dimensions 121 x 16 metres? Built by ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems. Armament consists of 1x Oto Melara 127/64 LW 127mm main gun (VULCANO ammunition?), 2-3cm MSI guns (SEAHAWK A2 model?), 16x SAAB RBS 15 Mk3 anti-ship missiles, 32x VLS for Denel Umkhonto-IR surface to air missiles, 2x MU90 torpedo launchers, 4x Rheinmetall MASS decoy launchers and2x WASS/Finmeccanica MORPHEUS acoustic countermeasures launching systems (on each side of the VLS cells. Building started in 2013, launched on 1 August 2016 and flag ceremony on 8 December 2016. 

German naval coastal tanker Ammersee (A1425) 1966-decommissioned

Kiel, Germany 28 April 2016

Germany-flagged, IMO 8986391, MMSI 211211810 and call sign DRKJ. Gross tonnage 1.256 ton, deadweight 2.000 ton, displacement 2.174 tons and as dimensions 74,20 x 11,22 x 4,54 metres or243.5 x 36.10 x 14.11 feet. Machinery consisted of 2 MWM diesels with 1.020kW horsepower. Speed 12,5 knots and with a speed of 12 knots a range of 3.250 nautical miles. Crew numbered 21 civilians. Launched by Lindenau Shipyard, Kiel, Germany on 9 July 1966, commissioned on 2 March 1967 and decommissioned on 31 December 2015. Of the Walchensee-class consisting of the Walchensee, Ammersee, Tegernssee and Westensee. 

Building of Japanese minelayer Sokuten Maru No. 1 planned according to the Dutch magazine Marineblad dated 1912-1913 no. 8

An item reported that at the shipyard at Maizuru, Japan was a the large Japanese minelayer Sokuten Maru No. 1 to be built and completed in 1914 and stationed in the Pescadores.(1)

Note
1. Of the Sokuten-class auxiliary minelayers, later called the Toshima-class. Laucnhed by Maizuru Naval Arsenal in March 1913, completed on 4 July 1913, renamed Sokuten on 1 July 1920 and decommissioned on 25 August 1936. 

Russian fleets executing gun exercises according to the Dutch magazine Machineblad dated 1903-1904 no. 5

General Admiral Apraksin as the Japanesw Okinoshima
Pamjat Azova

Minin

Dmitr Donskoi

An item referred to the magazine Marine Rundschau reporting that since 16 May the Russian navy would held gun exercises for a period of 4 months in the Baltic Sea. Rear admiral Fölkersahm commanded for that purpose the battleships Imperator Alexander II and Nawarin [Navarin], the armoured coastal defences hips Admiral Uschakoff, General Admiral Uschakoff, General Admiral Apraxin, Admiral Greig, Admiral Lasareff, Perwenetz and Kreml, large cruisers Mini[n] and Pamjat Asowa, gunboat Grosa, torpedo cruiser Wojewoda and 4 large model torpedo boats. Totally were 30 officers, 150 corporal constables, 1.150 commodores and 200 artillery engineers to be trained. In East Asia was the aged armoured cruiser Dmitri Donskoi added as artillery training ship to the squadron there for a period of 6 months. In the Black Sea  were for the artillery training during 4-6 months and then 1st class reserve available the battleship Georgi Pobjadonnosseff [Georgii Pobedonets of the Ekaterina II-class], training ships Beresan, Prut and Dnjästr, gunboat Uraletz, transports Bug en Donetz and 2 torpedo boats available. On the Black Sea Fleet were 30 officers and 510 petty officers and sailors to be trained. 

British protected cruiser HMS Melampus launched according to the Dutch magazine Marineblad dated 1890-1891 no. 6


An item referred to the Army and Navy Gazette reporting the launching of HMS Melampus by Naval Construction and Armaments Company, Barrow on 2 August. She was one of the 29 cruisers 2nd class to be built under the Naval Defence Act a year later. With a displacement of 3.400 tons were the dimensions 300 x 22.9 feet. The armament consisted of 2-15,2cm/6” guns mounted on pivots, 6x1-12cm/4.7” quick firing guns mounted on pivots (each broadside 3), 8-6pd quick firing guns, 1-3pd Hotchkiss and 4-5barreled Nordenfelt guns.(1)

Note
1. Laid down at the shipyard of Vickers, Barrow-in-Furness, England on 30 August 1889, launched on 2 August 1890, completed in December 1891. Withdrawn as guard ship serving at Kingstown, Ireland in 1903 and finally sold to be broken up on 1 January 1910. Part of the Apollo-class, designed by William Henry White, preceded by the Pearl-class and succeeded by the Astrea-class, consisting of the Andromache, Apollo, Latona, Melampus, Naiad, Sappho, Scylla, Sybille, Terpsichore, Thetis, Tribune, Aeolus, Brilliant, Indefatigable, Intrepid, Iphigenia, Pique, Rainbow, Retribution, Sirius and Spartan and which were built under the 1889 Naval Defence Act. Torpedo armament consisted of 4-36cm/14” torpedo tubes. 

Classification and naming of US Navy ships according to the Dutch magazine Marineblad dated 1890-1891 no. 6

An item referred to the Army and Naval Journal reporting that the US Congress changed an already by the Senate approved law dealing with the classification based on the displacement and naming of warships. Ships with a displacement of above 5.000 were classified as 1st class and to be named after the states in the USA. Between 3.000-5.000 tons were 2nd class and named after towns in the USA. Ships above the 3.000 tons were commanded by captains. Between 1.000-3.000 tons were 3rd class, commanded by commanders and named after events of persons which played a role in the maritime history of the USA. Below the 1.000 tons were 4th class, commanded by lieutenant commanders and lieutenants to be named after lakes and rivers in the USA. 

Swedish coastal defence ship Göta nearly completed according to the Dutch magazine Marineblad dated 1890-1891 no. 6

An item referred to the Army and Naval Journal reporting that the Swedish battleship Göta was nearing the completion.(1) Displacement 3.100 tons. The armament was to consist of 1x2-25cm/10” guns, 4x1-15cm/6” guns, 4 quick firing guns and torpedo launchers. Crew numbered 196 men including officers. Electrically lightened. Armour delivered by Schneider et Co., Creusot, France.

Note
1. Part of the Svea-class coastal defence ships consisting of the Svea, Göta and Thule, except for the 10” and 6” guns consisted the armament of 6x1-5,7cm/2.2” gins and 3-38cm/15” torpedo tubes. The armour belt had a thickness of 29cm/11.5” with the gun turret protected 29cm/11.5” thick armour. Built by Lindholmens Mekaniska Verkstad, Göteborg, Sweden, launched on 30 September 1889, commissioned on 1 July 1893 and decommissioned on 12 October 1923. 

Italian containership (ex-Clivia 200, Lykes Eagle 2000-2005, CP Eagle 2005-2006, Canberra Express 2006) MSC Shirley 2006-

Schelde off Vlissingen, Netherlands 9 December 2017

Liberia-flagged, homeport Monrovia, IMO 9224049, MMSI 636017022 and call sign D5IY3. Built by Stocznia Remontowa Nauta S.A./Gdynia Shipyard, Gdynia, Poland in 2000. Owned by FS Sara Limited, Genoa, Italy and operated by MSC-Mediterranean Shipping Company. As the Canberra homeport Hamburg, Germany, Germany-flagged, MMSI 218082000, owned and managed by Hapag Lloyd, Hamburg. Ex-Clivia renamed December 2000, Lykes Eagle renamed 18 August 2005, CP Eagle renamed 15 February 2006 and renamed Canberra Express in August 2006. 

Norwegian multi purpose offshore vessel Olympic Elena 2007-


Schelde off Vlissingen, Netherlands 9 December 2017

Bahamas-flagged, homeport Nassau, IMO 9367011, MMSI 311000544 and call sign C6CQ6. Owned and managed by Olympic Shipping, Fosnavaag, Norway. Earlier Norway International Register-flagged and MMSI 258055000 and homeport Fosnavaag. Built by Vard Aukra, Aukra, Norway in 2007. 

Japanese containership Vecchio Bridge 2005-

Schelde off Vlissingen, Netherlands 9 December 2017

Panama-flagged, IMO 9293454, MMSI 371208000 and call sign 3EBR8. Owned and managed by Fukujin Kisen, Imabari, Japan. Built by Hyundai Heavy Industries, Ulsan, South Korea in 2005. 

British steamship Falshaw cruising in the Dutch East Indies according to the Dutch newspaper Java-Bode dated 26 August 1889

An item dated Batavia, Dutch East Indies 25th August reported the arrival of the British steamship Falshaw master Bennett coming from Cheribon, Dutch East Indies, shipping agents Wellenstein Krause&Co. 

American bark James G. Pendleton underway from the Philippines towards the USA according to the Dutch newspaper Java-Bode dated 26 August 1889

An item dated 23 August reported the passing of Nieuw Anjer, Dutch East Indies of the American bark James G. Pendleton underway from Ili-Ilo, Philippines towards Boston, USA. 

Hawaiian bark Foohng Spey underway from the Philippines via the Dutch East Indies towards the USA according to the Dutch newspaper Java-Bode dated 26 August 1889

An item dated 23 August reported the passing of Nieuw Anjer, Dutch East Indies of the Hawaiian bark Foohng Spey underway from Ilo-Ilo, Philippines via Batavia, Dutch East Indies towards Philadelphia, USA. 

British steamship Recorder passing Anjer, Dutch East Indies according to the Dutch newspaper Java-Bode dated 26 August 1889

An item dated 23 August reported the passing of Nieuw Anjer, Dutch East Indies of the British steamship Recorder which was repairing the cable between Singapore and Anjer, Dutch East Indies. 

British steamship Jumna underway from the Dutch East Indies towards England according to the Dutch newspaper Java-Bode dated 26 August 1889

An item dated 23 August reported the passing of Nieuw Anjer, Dutch East Indies of the British steamship Jumna underway from Batavia, Dutch East Indies towards London, England. 

Chinese bulk carrier Grand Alma 2011-

Schelde off Vlissingen, Netherlands 9 December 2017

Hong Kong/China-flagged, IMO 9566825, MMSI 477759400 and call sign VRIM6. Owned and managed by Grand China International Shipmanagement, Shanghai, China. Built by Jinhai Heavy Industry, Zhoushan, China in 2011. 

Greek bulk carrier Kamari 2011-

Schelde off Vlissingen, Netherlands 8 December 2017

Marshall Islands-flagged, IMO 9412634, MMSI 538007192 and call sign V7YP2. Built by Chengxi Shipyard, Jiangyin, China in 2011. Earlier Hong Kong/China-flagged.Owned and managed by Nomikos Transworld Maritime, Athens, Greece. 

Saturday, 9 December 2017

French destroyer Le Hardi was launched at Nantes, France according to the Dutch magazine Marineblad dated 1938 no. 6

An item referred to the magazine Revista Marittime dated June 1938 reporting that the French destroyer Le Hardi was launched on 4 May 1938. Her standard displacement was 1.772 ton, dimensions 117,20 x 11,10 metres and the horsepower 50.000hp. She was the first of a range of 11 destroyers of the same type now under construction in England, Germany and Italy.(1)

Note
1. Of the Le Hardi-class of which 12 were planned but just 8 completed, preceded by L’Adroit-class and succeeded by T 47-class. The Le Hardi-class was an answer on the Italian Navigatori-class destroyers and the Japanese Fubiki-class destroyers. Laid down by Ateliers et Chantiers de la Loire, Nantes, France on 20 May 1936, launched on 3 May 1938, scuttled at Toulon, France on 27 November 1942, refloated by the Italian navy and renamed FR 37, uncompleted fallen in German hands at Savona in September 1943 and scuttled at Genoa, Italy in April 1945. 

British Royal Navy was enlarging number of escort vessels according to the Dutch magazine Marineblad dated 1939 no. 10


With our thanks to Novice

An item referred tot the magazine Revista Marittime dated July 1939 reporting that the British Royal Navy was enlarging the number of available escort vessels by converting already existing ships and building 24-900 ton fast escort vessels. Converted to be the C-class cruisers Coventry, Curfew, Cairo, Calcutta, Capetown, Carlisle, Columbo and Curacao into anti aircraft cruisers and for this task to be fitted out with 10-10,1cm/3.97” anti aircraft guns and a large number of smaller anti aircraft guns. For escort purposes came available the 12-1.000 tons sloops of the Bridgewater, Shoreham and Falmouth class, each armed with 2-10,1cm/3.97” anti aircraft guns, 2-1.000 tons Aberdeen-class sloops, each armed with 4-10,1cm/3.97” anti aircraft guns, 2-Bittern-class sloops, each armed with 6-10,1cm/3.97” anti aircraft guns, 5-1.200 Egret-class sloops, each armed with 8-10,1cm/3.97” anti aircraft guns and 4 aged V en W-class destroyers, each armed with 4-10,1cm/3.97” anti aircraft guns. 

Royal British Navy building Black Swan-class sloops according to the Dutch Newspaper Marineblad dated 1939 no. 10

An item referred to the magazine Marine Rundschau dated August 1939 reported that the 1.250 ton Black Swan-class escort vessels had an armament of 8-10,2cm//3.97” anti aircraft guns. Their speed was 19 knots.(1)

Note
1. The Black Swan-class built between 1939-1943 and the Modified Black Swan-class built between 1942-1945. Of the originally planned 42 were 37 built of which 25 of the modified type. The displacement was 1.250 (original design)-1.350 (modified design) tons. Six were built for the Royal Indian Navy. After the Second War served (Modified) Black Swan -class sloops in the navies of Egypt, India, Pakistan and West-Germany. 

New building and/or modernizing of Swedish destroyers according to the Dutch magazine Marineblad dated 1939 no. 10

An item reported that in June 1939 the Swedish destroyer Malinö (1) started executing her trials, the Karlskrona (2) was launched and the Ehrensköld and Nordenskjöld were fitted out with new boilers. Some of the smaller destroyers were to be fitted out with anti aircraft armament for future use as escort vessels. A twin torpedo gun was replaced by 4cm/1.57“ or 5,7cm/2.44” guns.

Notes
1. The Malmö. Of the Göteborg-class consisting of the Göteborg, Stokcholm, Malmö, Karlskrona, Norrköping and Gävle. Laid down by Eriksberg, Göteborg, Sweden in 1937, launched on 22 August 1938, completed in August 1939 and stricken in January 1967.
2. Of the Göteborg-class consisting of the Göteborg, Stokcholm, Malmö, Karlskrona, Norrköping and Gävle. Laid down by Örlogsvarvet Karlskrona, Sweden in 1937, launched on 19 June 1939, completed in September 1940 and stricken in July 1974.
3. Of the Ehrensköld-class consisting of the Ehrensköld and Nordenskjöld-class, preceded by the Wrangel-class. Laid down by Kockums, Malmö, Sweden in 1924, launched on 25 September 1926, completed in September 1927 and stricken in April 1963.
4. Of the Ehrensköld-class consisting of the Ehrensköld and Nordenskjöld-class, preceded by the Wrangel-class. Laid down by Götaverken, Göteborg, Sweden in 1924, launched on 19 June 1926, completed in September 1927 and stricken in April 1963. 

Russia stationing naval force in the White Sea according to the Dutch magazine Marineblad 1939 no. 2

An item referred to the Revista Marittime dated November 1938 reporting that a Soviet squadron consisting of 3 light cruisers, a flotilla destroyers and a flotilla submarines after the Baltic manoeuvres via the Stalin canal went to the White Sea. 

German sailing ship Kieler Hansekogge 1987-

Kiel, Germany 28 April 2016

Built between 1987-1991 by the Verein Jugend in Arbeit, Kiel, Germany as a replica of the Bremer Kogge von 1380. Except for the masts and yards built of oak. Fitted out with 2 Volvo-Penta engines. 

German rescue vessel Hindenburg 1944-

Kiel, Germany 28 April 2016

Built by Pahl Werft, Hamburg, Germany in 1944 and decommissioned in 1979/ Nowadays museum ship. 

German passenger ship Stadt Kiel 1934-


Kiel, Germany 28 April 2016

Germany-flagged, IMO 5337771, MMSI 211240870 and call sign DJUY. Launched by Krupp Friedrich Germaniawerft, Kiel, Germany on 26 May 1934. 

Dutch screw steamship 4th class Hr.Ms. Madura under repairs at the naval establishment at Surabaya, Dutch East Indies in 1892

An item reported that the boilers on board of the Dutch screw steamship 4th class Hr.Ms. Madura which ere of a new type and now 1,5 year used needed to be modernized. Fort this purpose arrived she in July 1892 at the naval establishment at Surabaya, Dutch East Indies. The panelling partly destroyed by termites was at the same time repaired and 1-3,7cm/1.5” quick firing gun mounted.(1)

Note
1. Call sign GQMW. On stocks 13 June 1879 at the Koninklijke Fabriek van stoom- en andere werktuigen, Amsterdam, Netherlands, launched on 21 March 1880, departed the shipyard on 29 June 1880, commissioned on 1 July 1880, departed towards Batavia, Dutch East Indies on 22 August 1880. Decommissioned and condemned for war duties on 12 February 1900 and to be used as pilot station ship (Moeara Djawa).

Source
Jaarboek van de Koninklijke Nederlandsche Zeemacht 1891-1892. 

Dutch paddle steamship 2nd class Hr.Ms. Bromo converted into a guard ship in 1892

Model Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, Netherlands. Original source


An item reported that in the period 1 October 1891-1 October 1892 the Dutch paddle steamship 2nd class Hr.Ms. Bromo was at the naval establishment at Surabaya, Dutch East Indies rebuilt into a guard ship replacing the Hr.Ms. Soerabaya on 1 April 1892.(1) 

Note
1. call sign GQDF, iron-built with wood-planked, rigged but very worse sail performance, on stocks at the shipyard of the Kon. Fabriek etc., Amsterdam, Netherlands in 1873, launched in 1874, engines and boilers repaired in 1877, temporarily guard ship at Batavia, Dutch East Indies 27 August-13 November 1883, decommissioned 15 March 1890, needed major repaired and at the same time fitted out as guard ship at Batavia, commissioned as guard ship at Surabaya, Dutch East Indies as replacement of the Surabaya on 1 April 1892, decommissioned and replaced by the Koning der Nederlanden on 1 December 1899, used as store ship for the army during South Celebes-expedition in 1905, fitted out as coal hulk and serving at Merauke in 1910, stricken in in 1914, towed from Merauke towards Surabaya in 1916, sold there on a public auction an the naval establishment to the K.P.M. at 09.00 o’clock 12 November 1917, dimensions 60 (between perpendiculars) x 9,39-16,17 (over side wheels) x 4 metre, horsepower 200 nhp/950 ehp, an armament of 2 rifled 16cm guns and 4-12cm guns, and a crew numbering 100-134 men (1885: 101 Europeans, 33 natives).

Source
Jaarboek van de Koninklijke Nederlandsche Zeemacht 1891-1892. 

Dutch guard ship Hr. Ms. Gedeh docked and repaired 1892 at Tandjong Priok, Dutch East Indies in 1892

An item reported that the Dutch guard ship Hr. Ms. Gedeh was in June 1892 at Tandjong Priok, Dutch East Indies docked and the underwater hull cleaned. At the same time was the panelling earlier removed for a sufficient disinfection repaired. When docked she was examined and concluded that her hull was still in a good condition.(1)

Note
1. Flush decked corvette, of the Indies Military Navy, call sign GQJL, on stocks at Surabaya, Dutch East Indies 1872, launched 1874, guard ship at Surabaya 1876, guard ship at Surabaya 1 February 1883, transferred to Batavia, Dutch East Indies to serve there as guard ship 12 May 1884, decommissioned caused by several victims of cholera on board 14 April 1892, disinfected, docked, cleaned and painted and commissioned 28 July, in sinking condition towed in May 1899 towards Surabaya, decommissioned 1 June, condemned and broken up by own personnel, an armament of 10 guns (1885: 1-30pd guns no.11) and a crew numbering 157 men (122 Europeans and 35 natives).

Source
Jaarboek van de Koninklijke Nederlandsche Zeemacht 1891-1892. 

Dutch screw steamship 1st class Hr.Ms. Atjeh docked at Surabaya, Dutch East Indies in 1892


Model Rijksmuseum Amsterdam, NetherlandsOriginal source

An item reported that the Dutch screw steamship 1st class Hr.Ms. Atjeh was end March 1892 docked at Surabaya, Dutch East Indies including solving the problems with the rudder and screw.(1)

Note
1. Call sign GQCN, laid down at the navy yard at Amsterdam, Netherlands on 3 March 1875, launched on 6 December 1876, commissioned on 1 November 1877, converted at the shipyard De Lastdrager, Den Helder, Netherlands into an accommodation ship in 1906, commissioned on 8 November 1906, also used as training ship for sailors and Royal Netherlands Navy reserve, decommissioned as training ship on 21 May 1921, accommodation ship for the air force at Willemsoord until 1922, disarmed and stricken in 1929, sold for ƒ 23.501,00 to the N.V. Frank Rijsdijk’s industriële onderneming, Hendrik-Ido-Ambacht, Netherlands to be broken up on 4 June 1935. Iron-built and wood-planked, when she was sailing could the telescopic funnel be lowered and the screw lifted, frigate rigged.

Source
Jaarboek van de Koninklijke Nederlandsche Zeemacht 1891-1892.