Research on the German Armed Forces 1918-1945
Thuringia (General San Martin) as pre-1939 Passenger Liner
Aug 12, 1922 Launched.
Jan 10, 1923 Completed as the turbine steamer Thuringia (Hapag).
1930 Refit for service to South American, renamed as the General San Martin.
Mar 18, 1934 The General San Martin was chartered by the Hamburg-South America Line.
June 30, 1936 The General San Martin was bought by the Hamburg-South America Line.
Jan 20, 1940 The General San Martin was commissioned into service in the Kriegsmarine as an accommodation ship for the 7.U-boot-Flotilla in Königsberg.
Jan 15, 1945 Accommodation ship for the 7.U-boot-Flotilla, now based in Kiel.
Mar 1, 1941 Accomodation ship for the 3.U-boot-Flotilla, based in Kiel.
Oct 1, 1941 Accomodation ship for the 8.U-boot-Flotilla, based in Königsberg.
Aug 1944 Accomodation ship for the 32.U-boot-Flotilla, based in Königsberg.
Jan 25, 1945 The General San Martin was used as a VTS (VTS = Verwundeten-Transportschiffe/Transport ships for wounded and sick soldiers during large evacuations), under Sanitätsamt Ost.
Apr 4, 1945 General San Martin served as a Lazarettschiff.
Jan - Apr, 1945 The General San Martin took part in 11 transport runs, rescuing a total of over 30,000 refugees and wounded/sick from the Eastern territories.
June 26, 1945 Decommissioned.
Oct 8, 1945 Handed over to Great Britian at Copenhagen.
1946 Renamed as the British troop transport Empire Deben.
Mar, 1949 Scrapped at Newport, Mon.
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