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ZHELEZNYAKOV river monitors (project SB-37) (1936-1937)

Zheleznyakov 1943

Name No Builder Laid down Launched Comp Fate
Железняков <Zheleznyakov>   300 Yd (Leninskaya Kuznitsa), Kiev 11/1934 22/11/1935 10/1936 hulk 3/1958
Левачёв <Levachov>   300 Yd (Leninskaya Kuznitsa), Kiev 7/1934 1935 10/1936 scuttled 18/9/1941
Жемчужин <Zhemchuzhin>   300 Yd (Leninskaya Kuznitsa), Kiev 7/1934 1935 11/1936 scuttled 12/8/1941
Мартынов <Martynov>   300 Yd (Leninskaya Kuznitsa), Kiev 7/1934 1935 12/1936 scuttled 18/9/1941
Флягин <Flyagin>   300 Yd (Leninskaya Kuznitsa), Kiev 7/1934 1935 12/1936 scuttled 18/9/1941
Ростовцев <Rostovtsev>   300 Yd (Leninskaya Kuznitsa), Kiev 7/1934 1936 5/1937 scuttled 18/9/1941

  

Displacement standard, t

230

Displacement full, t

263

Length, m

51.2

Breadth, m

8.20

Draught, m

0.90

No of shafts

2

Machinery

4SD-19/32 diesels

Power, h. p.

280

Max speed, kts

8.3

Fuel, t

diesel oil 22

Endurance, nm(kts) 3700(8.3)
Armour, mm belt: 16 - 4, deck: 4, bulkheads: 4, turret: 30, CT: 30

Armament

1 x 2 - 102/43 MK-2-4, 2 x 1 - 45/43 40K, 2 x 1 - 7.6/94

Complement

78

Ship project history: Development of  SB-30 project. The basic difference consisted in the immovable conning tower mounted on 750mm tube, reduction of armour thickness and using of less powerful diesels. Thanks to increased length it was possible to moderate draught.

Ship protection: Hull had only bulletproof protection, turret and CT were protected by 30mm armour.

Modernizations: 1940, all: - 1 x 1 - 45/43; + 1 x 2 - 45/43 41K, 1 x 4 - 7.6/94.

1942 - 1943, Zheleznyakov: - 1 x 4 - 7.6/94; + 2 x 1 - 37/63 70K, 3 x 1 - 12.7/79

1944, Zheleznyakov: - 1 x 1 - 12.7/79; + 1 x 4 - 12.7/62

Naval service: All losses were on Dnepr. Zhemchuzhin 11/8/1941 was damaged in battle against German field artillery and tanks, when ammunition was expended, 12/8/1941 she was blown up by crew at settlement Voronovka. Levachev, Rostovtsev and Flyagin 18/9/1941 were blown up near Kiev, and Martynov in the same day on river Konskaya at Blagoveshchensk near Nikopol. Rostovtsev in 1945 was repaired as training vessel and stricken in September, 1950, she was scrapped in 1955. Zheleznyakov 11/3/1958 was disarmed and converted to hulk, since 10/7/1967 she was preserved in Kiev as monument.

Zheleznyakov as memorial ship

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