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HVIDBJØRNEN fishery protection vessel (1929)


Ships


Name No Yard No Builder Laid down Launched Comp Fate
Hvidbjørnen   147 Orlogsværftet, Copenhagen 2.1928 27.12.1928 5.1929 scuttled 29.8.1943


Technical data


Displacement standard, t914
Displacement full, t1050
Length, m

63.2

Breadth, m

9.73

Draught, m

5.15

No of shafts

1

Machinery

1 VTE, 1 boiler

Power, h. p.

1800

Max speed, kts

14.5

Fuel, t

oil 140

Endurance, nm(kts)3300(12)
Armament

2 x 1 - 87/46 Bofors M.28, 2 x 1 - 8.80, 1 seaplane (MF.11?)

Complement

58



Standard scale images


<i>Hvidbjørnen</i> 1940
Hvidbjørnen 1940


Project history

Perhaps, fishery protection ships were unique ships of Danish Navy, intended for operations in high seas, though, of course, it is very difficult to consider them as rigorous warships. They represented very variegated company: huge, to Danish measures, Ingolf with more than 1000t displacement, armed with 120mm guns and carrying a seaplane, and small 80t Ternen with 37mm gun.

Modernizations

None.

Naval service

Hvidbjørnen was scuttled by crew in Great Belt 29.8.1943, salvaged by Germans, repaired and entered service as Dorsch. After war she entered service with East German Navy as TC Ernst Thälmann and was sold only in 1965.

Many thanks to Wolfgang Stöhr for additional information on this page.