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German Armed Forces Research 1918-1945


Name: Meteor
Type S/P
Construction Yard
(Yard No.)
Blohm & Voss, Hamburg
Launched 15.3.04
Commissioned 28.5.05
Weight, metric tons 4018
Weight, BRT 3717
Length, meters 112,01
Width, meters 13,47
Depth, meters 4,47
Engines Two 3cyl. expansion engines,
2 shafts, 2 boilers
Horsepower, HP 1550 induced
Speed, knots 10,5
Range, nautical miles
? at 10 knots using ?t coal
Patients/Medical staff 200/?
Crew 130
Armament None
Owner Det Bergenske D/S, Bergen
History completed for Hapag, Germany; 1914 Target and accommodation ship; 18.5.19 to UK; 1922 Norwegian S/P Meteor; seized by Germans 27.4.40 in Bergen; into service 7.5.40 as a hospital ship; 12.5.42 Admiral Polarküste; On 19.3.42 ordered renamed Rostock*, but this order was cancelled 28.5.42, due to resistance from the crew (known internally as Meteor II); bombed 9.3.45 in Pillau and sunk, 24 dead.

* to avoid confusion, as there already was a Meteor in KM service (a research ship).