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KAISERLICHE MARINE (GERMANY)

CONVERTED MERCHANT SHIPS

auxiliary mine destruction vessels of WW I

Gertrud 1918

Niederwald 1916

more than 1000 BRT

Name

Launched // Comm.

Builder

Tonnage, BRT (disp., t)

Dimensions, m

Speed, kts

Engine, Power hp

Armament

Fate

SP10 Aachen, 4/1915- SP1 4/1895 // 10/1914 Stettiner Vulcan 3833 (8000) 108.3x13.3 12 1VTE, 3boilers, 1800 2x1-88/32 sunk 30/7/1915
Bielefeld SP3, 4/1915- SP5 16/7/1898 // 10/1914 Flensburger SB 4460 (9900) 118.9x14.5 12 1VTE, 4boilers, 2500 2x1-88/32 stranded 22/6/1915
Bolivia SP6, 8/1914- SP3 23/9/1889 // 8/1914 Armstrong, Newcastle, UK 2646 94.5x11.9 10.5 1VTE, 2boilers, 1260 none returned 10/1914
Cordoba SP8 28/10/1895 // 2/1915 Reiherstiegswerft, Hamburg 4889 (9700) 114.8x14.1 10.5 1VQE, 3boilers, 1900 none test ship 6/1915
Dania SP1 3/12/1904 // 9/1915 Reiherstiegwerft, Hamburg 3898 107.9x13.3 11.5 1VTE, 3boilers, 2100 2x1-88/32 to United Kingdom 5/1919
Erlangen SP2, 4/1915- SP6 21/6/1902 // 10/1914 Bremer Vulkan, Vegesack 5285 (9390) 115.3x14.5 12 1VTE, 3boilers, 2600 2x1-88/32 sunk 2/3/1917
Franken (ex-Frankdale) SP8 1906 // 3/1917 Conell, Glasgow, UK 4856 121.9x15.9 11.5 1VTE, 3boilers 2x1-88/32 returned 1/1919
Gertrud (ex-Willy Rickmers) SP10 6/1915 // 9/1917 Rickmers, Geestemünde 5091 122.2x16.2 10 1VTE, 3boilers, 2500 3x1-88/32 returned 12/1918
Gifhorn (ex-Gifford) SP9 1913 // 5/1917 Doxford, Sunderland, UK 5119 132.0x16.5 11 1VTE, 3boilers, 2500 2x1-88/32 returned 12/1918
Glatz (ex-Glenearn) SP11 1/1914 // 5/1917 Bartram, Sunderland, UK 4959 118.9x15.4 12 1VTE, 3boilers 2x1-88/32 returned 1/1919
Lothar (ex-Lothian) SP12 5/1902 // 5/1917 Conell, Glasgow, UK 4959 117.5x15.3 11 1VTE, 2boilers 2x1-88/32 returned 12/1918
Mecklenburg SP1, 4/1915- SP10 19/4/1892 // 8/1914 Caird, Greenock, UK 3453 (7626) 106.5x12.8 11 1VTE, 2boilers, 1800 2x1-88/32 returned 12/1915
Niederwald SP5, 2/1915- SP4 23/1/1904 // 8/1914 Burmeister & Wain, Copenhagen, Denmark 3457 (8300) 108.2x13.7 10.5 1VTE, 4boilers, 2450 2x1-88/32 sunk 23/2/1917
Ottensen SP11, 4/1915- SP2 12/9/1904 // 10/1914 Swan Hunter, Newcastle, UK 4258 (10220) 115.8x15.2 12 1VQE, 3boilers, 2600 2x1-88/32 collision 16/3/1916
Pallanza SP4 11/5/1891 // 8/1914 Swan Hunter, Newcastle, UK 4606 121.5x14.4 11 1VTE, 2boilers, 2500 none sunk 11/2/1915
Rio Negro SP10, 2/1918- SP1 20/2/1905 // 3/1917 Tecklenborg, Geestemünde 4613 114.6x14.3 11 1VTE, 3boilers, 2200 2x1-88/32 returned 12/1918
Rio Pardo SP4 20/5/1905 // 3/1917 Tecklenborg, Geestemünde 4613 114.6x14.3 11 1VTE, 3boilers, 2200 2x1-88/32 returned 12/1918
Santa Cruz SP7, 11/1915- SP8, 3/1917- SP5 17/6/1905 // 8/1914 Swan Hunter, Wallsend 5824 (10950) 123.4x15.3 11 1VTE, 3boilers, 2900 3x1-88/32 returned 12/1918
Sao Paulo SP8 3/10/1896 // 8/1914 Blohm & Voss, Hamburg 4724 114.6x14.0 11 1VQE, 4boilers, 1800 none sunk 14/1/1915
Schwaben SP6 5/2/1906 // 3/1917 Bremer Vulkan 5058 129.5x16.0 12 1VQE, 3boilers, 3000 2x1-88/32 returned 3/1919
Schwarzwald SP9 28/12/1911 // 8/1914 Schichau, Danzig 4892 (9220) 106.8x14.6 12.5 1VQE, 3boilers, 3200 2x1-88/32 sunk 9/1/1917
Solingen SP12, 4/1915- SP3 2/9/1905 // 10/1914 Neptunwerft, Rostock 4195 (10200) 121.9x14.8 12 1VTE, 3boilers, 2200 2x1-88/32 returned 11/1918
Steigerwald SP7 29/12/1911 // 9/1915 Flensburger SB 4836 (9650) 108.2x14.8 12.5 1VQE, 3boilers, 3200 2x1-88/32 returned 12/1918
Therapia (ex-Baltika) SP2 21/12/1901 // 4/1916 Blohm & Voss, Hamburg 3781 106.7x13.6 14 1VTE, 2boilers, 3000 3x1-88/32 test ship 9/1917
Venetia SP3, 8/1914- SP6, 4/1915- SP11 26/7/1890 // 8/1914 Blohm & Voss, Hamburg 2987 (7050) 99.7x12.7 12.5 1VTE, 2boilers, 2000 none sunk 25/9/1915
Westphalia SP2 2/9/1889 // 8/1914 Russel, Greenock, UK 3079 97.9x13.0 10 1VTE, 2boilers, 1400 none returned 10/1914
Wigbert SP8, 12/1917- SP1, 4/1918- SP8 21/2/1912 // 5/1917 Frerichs, Einswarden 3367 104.5x14.6 11 1VTE, 3boilers, 2000 2x1-88/32 damaged 17/9/1918, stricken

Ship project history: Merchant vessels converted to mine destruction vessels.

Modernizations: None.

Naval service: Aahen was torpedoed 30/7/1915 by British submarine E1 ENE of Oestergarhsholme. Bielefeld stranded 22/6/1915 off Juist being torpedoed by British submarine, later salvaged and returned to owner. Erlangen was mined 2/3/1917 off Ameland. Niedewald was badly damaged by mine off Terschelling 23/2/1917, later abandoned and foundered in storm 27/2/1917. Ottensen sank off Borkum reef after hitting by two mines and collision with mine destruction vessel Niederwald 16/3/1916. Pallanza was sunk by German mine in the Ems mouth 11/2/1915. Sao Paulo was mined 14/1/1915 W of Amrumbank. Schwarzwald was mined 9/1/1917 N of Borkum reef. Venetia was torpedoed 25/9/1915 by British submarine E5 in the Ems mouth. Wigbert was badly damaged by mine hit 17/9/1918 in the Elbe mouth and stricken.

 

Ivan Gogin, 2014