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DANISH ROYAL NAVY (DENMARK)

COAST GUARD, FISHERY PROTECTION AND HOME GUARD

HVIDBJØRNEN fishery protection vessel (1929)

Hvidbjørnen 1940

Name No Builder Laid down Launched Comp Fate
Hvidbjørnen   Orlogsværftet, Copenhagen 2/1928 27/12/1928 5/1929 scuttled 29/8/1943

 

 

Displacement standard, t

914

Displacement full, t

1050

Length, m

63.2

Breadth, m

9.73

Draught, m

5.15

No of shafts

1

Machinery

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

Ship 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.

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