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Sunday, 17 December 2017

Dutch sailing vessel (ex-Magda 1928-1959, Horn 1959-1965, Amalie Stuven 1965-1973, Eiland 1973-1983) Albert Johannes 1983-

Rostock, Germany 10 August 2016

Netherlands-flagged, IMO 5154959, MMSI 245895000 and call sign PCKB. Built by Van der Werf H, Stadskanaal, Netherlands in 1928. Ex-Maga renamed January 1959, Horn renamed January 1965, Amalie Stuven renamed January 1973 and Eiland renamed January 1983. 

German general cargo ship (ex-Dresden 1956-1970) Frieden of Traditionsschiff Typ Frieden 1970-

Rostock, Germany 10 August 2016

IMO 5121380. Laid down in 1956 and launched by Warnow Shipyard with yard number 305 on 4 July 1958 as a Type IV ship and delivered in 27 July 1958 to the Deutsche Seerederei and used on shipping lines towards East Asia, Indonesia, Africa, India and Latin America. Due to obsolete machinery decommissioned in 1969 and became a museum ship since 13 June 1970. 

German pollution control vessel Vilm 1999-

Rostock, Germany 10 August 2016

Germany-flagged, homeport Rostock, Germany, IMO 9181089, MMSI 211298240 and call sign DFGH. Built by Neue Oderwerft, Eisenhuettenstadt, Germany in 1999. Owned by German government, Bonn, Germany and managed by Bitunamel Feldmann, Lubeck, Germany. 

German general cargo ship (ex-Condor 1962-1990, Immer Bereit 1990) Likedeeler 1990-

Rostock, Germany 10 August 2016

Germany-flagged, homeport Rostock, callsign DAYZ and since 1980 Y5DZ and IMO 5402708. Framo Albatros-class. Built by Meyer Neptun Rostock, Rostock, Germany with yard number 518 in 1962. Ex-Condor renamed July 1990 and Immer Bereit renamed October 1990. As Condor served on the North Sea, Baltic Sea and Mediterranean. Decommissioned in 1986 and became a floating youth accommodation to be used by the DDR-GST department Junge Matrosen (Young Sailors).

Dutch steam tug Nooit Gedacht for sale according to the Dutch newspaper Noordbrabantsch dagblad het huisgezin dated 31 May 1941

An announcement reported that notary Hendrik Worst was authorized to sell on Tuesday 10 June 14.00 o’clock in the café of M. Kok, Oostwal, Den Bosch, Netherlands against payment in cash the steam tug Nooit Gedacht measuring 20 65/100 ton built by the firm Fa. Wilton, Rotterdam, Netherlands in 1896 and fitted out with 1-18hp engine and steam boiler of 40 cubic metres. 

Turkish steam tug Liman II completed by Dutch shipyard according to the Dutch newspaper De Dordrechtse Courant dated 19 June 1937

An item dated Vlaardingen, Netherlands 18th June reported the delivery by the N.V. Vlaardingsche Machinefabriek L.A. Kreber of the steel built steam tug Liman II, with out with a around 200ihp steam engine. She was the second of two steam tugs destined for Turkey. 

Dutch steam tug Elisa delivered to owner according to the Dutch newspaper De Dordrechtse Courant dated 26 October 1937

An item dated Vlaardingen, Netherlands 25th reported the delivery by the N.V. Vlaardingsche Machinefabriek L.A. Kreber of the steel built steam tug Elisa after a successful trials. She was to be used in the harbour of Rotterdam and for the German Ruhr area. Fitted out with a salvage pump, electric lightening and the anchor and cable winch were driven by a steam turbine. One 225 ihp triple expansion steam engine and a boiler with 16 kilo pressure and 71 square metres heating surface. 

Dutch steam tug Hendrika for sale at Dordrecht, Netherlands according to the Dutch newspaper De Dordrechtse Courant dated 4 January 1900

An announcement reported the intended public sale of the Dutch steam tug Hendrika by notary Hoogeveen in the café of J. Rodenburg, het Vlak, Dordrecht, Netherlands op Wednesday 10 January 11.00 o’clock. Her steam engine delivered more as 30hp and the boiler had 9 atmosphere pressure. 

Dutch screw steel built steam tug Emil built launched at Dordrecht, Netherlands according to the Dutch newspaper De Dordrechtse Courant dated Tuesday 10 July 1894

An item reported that on Saturday at the shipyard of A. van Duyvendijk the twin screw steel built steam tug Emil built for account of H. Derksen, Dordrecht, Netherlands was launched. She was fitted out with 2 vertical triple compound steam engines with a total horsepower of mire as 400ihp/80nhp and boilers, which were made by Huyskens en van Dijk, Dordrecht. Designed by and built under supervision of A.A.W. van Reede Cz., technical advisor. 

German survey vessel Polarfuchs 1982-

Kiel, Germany 2 May 2016

Germany-flagged, homeport Kiel, Germany, MMSI 211264900 and call sign DB2410. Laid down in April 1982, launched by Fr. Fassmer Schiffs-und Bootswerft, Berne, Germany in October 1982. Built as work boat for the research vessel Polarstern and used on board until 1996 and than replaced. Converted into a research-survey vessel in January 1997 and since then operated by the Helmholtz-Zentrum für Ozeanforschung Kiel (GEOMAR) and managed by RF Forschungsschiffahrt GmbH Bremen, Germany. Owned by Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung. 

Danish schooner Bonavista 1914-




Marstal, Denmark 30 April 2016

Built by Ludvig Johansen at Marstal, Denmark in 1914 for the Newfoundland shipping Sister ship Fulton. Owned by J.E. Christensen. In 1926 fitted out with a engine. Sold in 1960 and renamed Thomas. Since 1982 not more used as a working vessel and again sold, now to Per Thuesen retaining her original name and until 2000 used as for charter trips and for leisure fishing. 

Design for Swedish coastal defence ships completed according to the Dutch magazine Marineblad dated 1939 no. 10

An item reported that the designs for the two new Swedish coastal defence ships were completed. Estimated building costs for each ship 37 million crones. Speed was just above the 22 knots. The armament was to consist of 4-24cm/9,4” guns, 6-12cm/4,7” guns, 8-4cm/1,57” guns and some machineguns. 

British Royal Navy converting old C-class cruisers into anti aircraft cruisers according to the Dutch magazine Marineblad dated 1939 no. 12


With out thanks to Novice

An item referred to the magazine USR dated 31 August 1939 reporting that the British cruiser HMS Coventry and Curlew were fitted out with an anti aircraft armament consisting of 10-10,5cm/4.1” guns and 11 smaller guns. The Calcutta and Cairo were fitted out with 8-10,5cm guns and probably were the Capetown, Carlisle, Colombo and Curacao to be armed in similar manner. The Penelope-class cruisers with a main armament of 6-15cm/5.9” guns had also an anti aircraft armament of 8-10,5cm guns. It was the intentioned to convert also all D-class cruisers into anti aircraft cruisers. 

British aircraft carrier HMS Courageous torpedoed and sunk according to the Dutch magazine Marineblad dated 1939 no. 12

As aircraft carrier

As battle cruiser 

An item referred to the magazine Aeroplane dated 5 October 1939 reporting that the British aircraft carrier HMS Courageous was protected by 4 destroyers. However when the evening fall was she left by 2 destroyers hunting for a submarine which herself hunted for a merchant ship. When the Courageous changed her course into an adverse wind direction to be used as a landing platform for her own aircraft was she herself torpedoed by a submarine.(1)

Note
1. Of the Courageous-class battle cruisers consisting of the Glorious, Courageous and Furious which were of a special design with in fact hardly armour and just a few heavy guns especially for service in the Baltic area. Also indicated as large light cruisers. Preceded by the Renown-class and succeeded by the Admiral-class. Building ordered on 14 March 1915, laid down at Sir W.G. Armstrong Whitworth&Co. Ltd,, Newcastle upon Tyne, England on 26 March 1915. Launched on 5 February 1916, completed on 4 November 1916, converted into an aircraft carrier between June 1924-February 1928 and finally sunk by the German submarine U-29 off the Irish coast on 17 September 1939. Pennant number 40. Nicknamed Outrageous. Building costs 2.038.225 pound sterling. 

Statue for Danish seamen died 1914-1918

Marstal, Denmark 30 April 2016

German hopper dredger launched at launched at Schiedam, Netherlands according to the Dutch newspaper Schiedamsche Courant dated 9 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 3rd of four built for foreign account. She was baptized by Miss Greta 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. 

German hopper dredger launched at launched at Schiedam, Netherlands according to the Dutch newspaper Nieuwe Schiedamsche Courant dated 21 August 1912

An item reported the launching at the shipyard Gusto of the steel made hull of a seagoing hopper, the second one built for foreign account. Baptized by Miss Ida 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 with 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. 

Saturday, 16 December 2017

German tug (ex-Michail 1994-2007) Fairplay XII 2007-

Rostock, Germany 10 August 2016

Germany-flagged, homeport Lübeck, IMO 9107409, MMSI 211223780 and call sign DMJT. Earlier Antigua&Barbuda-flagged, homeport St. John’s and call sign V2CJ7. Laid down by Hitzler Werft, Lauenburg, Germany with yard number 808 on 24 May 1994, launched on 22 November 1994 and completed in December 1994. Ex-Michael renamed January 2007. Gross tonnage 306 ton, net tonnage 92 ton, deadweight 220 ton and as dimensions 27,89 (registered)-29,86 (between perpendiculars) x 9,5 x 4,00 x 5,99 (moulded depth) x 1,088 (freeboard) metres. Speed 12,5 knots. Bollard pull aft 42 tons. Scottel ASD tug. Owned by J. Johannsen&Sohn e.K., Lübeck and managed by Fairplay Schleppdampschiffs Reederei Richard Borchard GmbH, Hamburg, Germany. 

German tug Petersdorf 1957-

Rostock, Germany 10 August 2016

Built by VEB Warnowwerft, Warnemünde in 1957. Call sign Y3NS and MMSI 211225810. in the 1950s. Dimensions 19,2 x 6,2 x 2,52 metres. Horsepower 541hp. Owned by Verein Technische Flotte Rostock. 

American tug Eric McAllister 2014-

USA-flagged, homeport New York, IMO 9707493, MMSI 367636710 and call sign WDH6137. Delivered by Sewneco, North Kingstown, Rhode Island, USA to McAllister Towing and Transportation Company Inc., New York, USA with yard number 301 in 2014. Gross tonnage 172 (own website)-297 tons, net tonnage 89-117 (own website) ton, deadweight 207 or 423 ton and as dimensions 29,16-29,26 x 10,36-10,97 x 4,28 metres or 96-98 (overall) x 36 x 16.5 (even trim full load) x 14.9 (depth) feet. .. Machinery consists of 2x2.575hp Tier III compliant Caterpillar 3516CHD diesels. Fitted out with 2 Schottel screws. Speed 13 knots when free running. Bollard pull 6,5 tons. 

American pusher tug James Dale Robin 2014-

USA-flagged, MMSI 367615130 and call sign WDH4192. Delivered by Eastern Shipbuilding, Panama City, Florida, USA to Florida Marine Transporters, Mandeville, Louisiana, USA with yard number 187 on 1 May 2014. Dimensions 27,43 x 9,75 x 3,64 metres. Machinery consists of 2 Caterpillar with a total horsepower of 3.000ahp. 

American tug Tate McAllister 2014-

USA-flagged, homeport Port Everglades, IMO 9743461, MMSI 367643790 and call sign WDH7005. Z-drive tractor tug, ABS-classed, A1 towing. Delivered by Washburn&Doughty, East Boothbay, Main, USA to McAllister, New York, USA with yard number 110 in 2014. Dimensions 28,04 x 9,75 x 4,28 metres or 93 x 38 x 17 (even trim full load) x 15.6 (depth) metres and gross tonnage 299 (own website)-363 tons, net tonnage 108 tons and deadweight 196-230 tons. Machinery consists of 2 EMD 12-710 Tier III with a total horsepower of 6.000ahp. Bollard pull 80/90 tons. 2 Schottel screws. 

Dutch 3-mast bark (ex-Pol II 1926-1948, Lister 1948-1966) Artemis 1966-

Rostock, Germany 10 August 2016

Netherlands-flagged, homeport Harlingen, Netherlands, IMO 5209699, MMSI 244875000 and call sign PFCB. Used nowadays as passenger ship. Built at Nylands Verksted, Oslo, Norway in 1926 to be used for whaling. Served later as cargo ship between Asia and South-America. Ex-Pol II renamed 1948 and Lister 1966). 

German fire fighting vessel FLB-40-3 1983-



Rostock, Germany 10&11 August 2016

Germany-flagged, IMO 8326333, MMSI 211230570 and call sign DBEP. BBG Bootsbau Berlin, Berlin, Germany in 1983. 

German sailing vessel (ex-Vilm 1952-1992) Roald Amundsen 1992-


Rostock, Germany 11 August 2016

Germany-flagged, homeport Eckfernförde, IMO 8994489, MMSI 211215170 and call sign DARG. Ex-Vilm renamed January 1992. Built by Elbewerft Boizenburg, Boizenburg, Germany in 1952. 

The British Fleet Air Arm according to the Dutch magazine Marineblad dated 1937 No. 3

An item referred to the magazine R.U.S.I. dated February 1937 reported that the British Admiralty was responsible for the strength and training of the Fleet Air Arm (F.A.A.). The department for aviation was responsible for delivering the aircraft. Of the personnel was 70% of the pilots and all navigators and gunners delivered by the navy. At the moment was 50% of all F.A.A. escadrilles commanded by navy officers. 

The armour of the new American battleships according to the Dutch magazine Marineblad dated 1937 No. 3

Colorado-class

North Carolina-class

South Dakota-class

An item referred to the Proceedings dated March 1937 reporting that the new American battleships were to have a armour deck of just 12,5cm/4.9” although supplying enough protection even against the heaviest bombs dropped by aircraft.(1)

Note
1. This must be the North Carolina-class fast battleships consisting of the North Carolina and Washington, preceded by Colorado-class and the never realized South Dakota-class and succeeded by the South Dakota-class and with a main armament of 3x3-40,6cm/16” guns and an armour consisting of a 30,48cm/12” thick deck and 17,78cm/7” thick deck. 

US Navy budget for 1937-1938 according to the Dutch magazine Marineblad dated 1937 No. 3

An item referred to the magazine Marine Rundschau dated February 1937 reporting that the US naval budget 1938 over the period 1 July 1937-30 June 1968 was increased from 916,3 million of the budget year 1936 to an astonishing 978,9 million US dollars. 

New huge floating dry dock for US Navy according to the Dutch magazine Marineblad dated 1937 No. 3

An item referred to the magazine Marine Rundschau dated February 1937 reporting that in the newest floating dry dock of the US Navy the largest ships of the American fleet like the Lexington and Saratoga could be docked. The dock measured 45.000 tons with as dimensions 310 x 50x 23 (height) metres, It could be towed with a speed of 10 miles and was for this purpose fitted out with a bow similar to that of a ship and a steering device. 

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

An item referred to the magazine Schiffbau dated 1 March 1937 reporting that the in 1936 launched 4-1.675 ton destroyers Alfredo Oriani, Vincenzo Gioberti, Giosuè Carducci and Vittorio Alfieri (1) had as dimensions 105 x 10,15 x 6,13 metres. The armament consisted of 4-12cm/4.7” guns, 4-3,7cm/1.5” anti aircraft guns and 6-53,3cm/21” torpedo tubes. With a horsepower of 50.000hp was a maximum speed of 39 knots possible and was the range 5.000 nautical miles. The Odero-Terni-Orlando shipyard was ordered to built another 6 off this type and 6 similar ships were ordered by the shipyards Del Terreno et Riva Trigoso, Ancona and Navali Rimiti at Palermo, Italy.

Note
1. Of the Oriani-class or Poeti-class all built by OTO (Cantiere naval fratelli Orlando), Livorno, Italy, preceded by the Maestrale-class and succeeded by the Soldati-class. 

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.