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German Armed Forces Research 1918-1945

WW2 German Lazarettschiffe Tzar Ferdinand


Name: Tzar Ferdinand
Type S/S
Construction Yard
(Yard No.)
Cant. Nav. Fratelli Orlando % Co., Livorno
Launched 10.13
Commissioned 1914
Weight, metric tons 3300
Weight, BRT 1994
Length, meters 80,50
Width, meters 11,54
Depth, meters 6,18
Engines One 3cyl expansion engine,
1 shaft, 2 boilers
Horsepower, HP 2500 induced
Speed, knots 12
Range, nautical miles
2085 at 12 knots using 300t coal
Patients/Medical staff 112/?
Crew 40
Armament None
Owner Soc. Commerciale Bulgare di Nav. à Vap., Varna


  • Completed as Bulgarian S/S Tzar Ferdinand;
  • Chartered by the KM 26.4.41 as troop transport and auxiliary VTS* (80 wounded);
  • Taken over by the KM 18.8.44, in exchange for KT25 amd KT33, which were transferred to the Bulgarian Navy;
  • Into service 3.9.44 as the hospital ship Tzar Ferdinand;
  • Torpedoed by a Russian submarine 2.10.44, 6 nm west of the Pelion peninsula.