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ARTEVELDE frigate (1943/1945)

Artevelde 1945

Artevelde 1950

Name No Builder Laid down Launched Comp Fate
Artevelde (ex-K4 Lorelei, ex-Artevelde)   Cockerill, Antwerp / Wilton-Fijenoord, Schiedam, Netherlands 1939 28/8/1940 4/1943 // 6/1945 barrack ship 1951

 

Displacement standard, t

1640

Displacement full, t

2306

Length, m

94.8 wl 98.5 oa

Breadth, m

10.5

Draught, m

3.3 normal 3.80 deep load

No of shafts

2

Machinery

Parsons-Rateau geared steam turbines, 2 Babcock & Wilcox boilers

Power, h. p.

21700

Max speed, kts

28.5

Fuel, t

oil 680

Endurance, nm(kts) 1200(19)

Armament

3 x 1 - 105/42 SK C/32, 2 x 1 - 40/56 FlaK 28, 1 x 2 - 37/80 SK C/30, 3 x 4 - 20/65 C/38, 2 x 2 - 20/65 C/38, 120 mines, sweeps

Complement

180

Ship project history: Fishery protection vessel and royal yacht Artevelde, projected for replacement of older Zinnia, could be used also as escort and minelayer. Ship was captured on a slipway in Antwerp, renamed Lorelei and 28/8/1940 renamed again as K4. K4 was launched under German control and towed off to the Netherlands for outfitting, during which time she received German armament (designed armament consisted from 2 twin 105mm guns and 1 twin 40mm AA MG, 30 DCs and 64 mines). Machinery had British origin: Parsons turbine units and Babcock & Wilcox boilers with raised steam parameters (32atm, 400C). Ship differed as seaworthy and fast, but had no any protection (except 40mm gun shields) and had poor stability. The basic purpose of ship was anti-air defence of convoys. After war K4 was returned to Belgium where served under former name as frigate.

Modernizations: None.

Naval service: Artevelde was returned by Germans with damaged machinery, which was never repaired and used really as stationary training ship, converted to barrack ship in 1951 and broken up 22/11/1954.

Artevelde

Ivan Gogin, 2010-16