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Research on the German Armed Forces 1918-1945


Name: Portia
Type S/S
Construction Yard
(Yard No.)
Henry Koch, Lübeck
Launched 19.8.11
Commissioned 14.10.11
Weight, BRT 968
Length, meters 68,58
Width, meters 10,08
Depth, meters 4,53
Engines One 3cyl expansion engine,
1 shaft, 2 boilers
Horsepower, HP 800 induced
Speed, knots 10
Range, nautical miles
3600 at 10 knots using 170t coal
Patients (beds)/Medical staff 258/14 (in 1914)
Crew 28 (incl. 16 civilians)
Armament None
Owner Adolph Kirsten, Hamburg
History entered service as a hospital ship in the Kais. Marine on 5.8.14 (Hilfslazarettschiff B); returned 13.8.18; 10.8.21 to UK, but not taken over and returned; into service in the KM as a hospital ship on 18.8.40; decommissioned 26.11.40 and returned: Lavinia; mined 24.4.41 near the Kieler Lightship (54°05 N / 10°40 E) and sunk; raised 3.6.42 and beached; 14.10.42 to Aalborg for repairs; sunk 22.4.44 in Aalborg due to sabotage at the yard; raised and repaired again; bombed 9.10.44 in Hamburg and burned out; the hulk was again bombed 25.4.45 on the Unterelbe and sunk; raised 1948 and repaired; 1949 Portia; scrapped 3.62 in Belgium.