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ZINNIA sloop (1915/1920)

Zinnia 1939

Name No Builder Laid down Launched Comp Fate
Zinnia, 5/1945- Jan Breydel   Lobnitz, Renfrew, UK 1915 12/8/1915 9/1915 // 6/1920 fishery protection vessel 1927, captured by Germany 18/5/1940 (Barbara), returned 5/1945, stricken 1952

 

Displacement normal, t

1210

Displacement full, t

1275

Length, m

76.2 pp 80.0 oa

Breadth, m

10.1

Draught, m

3.40

No of shafts

1

Machinery

VTE, 2 cylindrical boilers

Power, h. p.

1800

Max speed, kts

16.5

Fuel, t

coal 130

Endurance, nm(kts) 2000(15)

Armament

2 x 1 - 120/40 QF Mk I/II/III/IV, 2 x 1 - 47/40 3pdr Hotchkiss Mk I, 2 DCT, 1 DCR, sweeps

Complement

90

Ship project history: Former British sloop Zinnia of Flower class (Azalea group). She was purchased by Belgian Government 19/4/1920 and in June commissioned under former name. Since 1927 Zinnia was used as unarmed fishery protection vessel.

Modernizations: 1927: armament consisted of 1 x 1 - 7.9/87, engine power was decreased (1400hp, 14kts, 250t coal)

5/1945: armament consisted of 3 x 1 - 105/42 SK C/32, 4 x 2 - 37/80 SK C/30, 3 x 4 - 20/65 C/38

Naval service: Zinnia was captured by German troops 18/5/1940 at Antwerp, repaired and reconstructed at Cockerill and commissioned by Germans as escort ship Barbara. After war she was returned to Belgium, reclassified as frigate, renamed and broken up in 1952.

sister-ship Primrose

Ivan Gogin, 2010-16