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Lazarettschiffe Birka

History

Hospital Ship Birka, 1940

Sept 5, 1940 The Birka entered service with the Kriegsmarine as a Hospital Ship in Transport Fleet North (TSV-N)

Jan 8, 1941 Served under Admiral Norwegen

May, 1942 Served under Admiral norweg. Polarküste.

June 1, 1943 Mined while at Slide (Altafjord, 70°25 N / 21°40 E) and sunk w/ 115 dead.
Stats
Name: Birka
Type S/S
Construction Yard
(Yard No.)
Flensburger Schiffbau-Ges., Flensburg
(437)
Launched 23.6.37
Commissioned 2.9.37
Weight, BRT 1000
Length, meters 77,80
Width, meters 10,36
Depth, meters 3,25
Engines One double-acting engine,
1 shaft, 2 boilers
Horsepower, HP 900 induced
Speed, knots 12
Range, nautical miles
(Max.)
3800 at 12 knots using 176t coal
Patients (beds)/Medical staff 120/31
Crew 19
Armament None
Owner Mathies-Reederei AG., Hamburg