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German Armed Forces Research 1918-1945

Lazarettschiffe Pretoria

The Pretoria Passenger Liner Photo
The Pretoria pre-1939 as a Passenger Liner

July 16, 1936 Launched.

Dec 4, 1936 Completed.

Dec 19, 1936 Maiden voyage Hamburg-Cape Town, South Africa.

Nov 29, 1939 The Pretoria was commissioned into Kriegsmarine service as an accommodation ship for Unterseebootsabnahmekommando (U.A.K.), in Kiel.

Jan 1,1940 Served as an accommodation ship for the 21.U-boot-Flotilla in Neustadt.

Dec, 1940 Served as a garrison ship for the 1.Unterseeboots-Lehr-Division in Pillau.

Feb 22, 1945 The Pretoria became a Lazarettschiff under Sanitätsamt Ost.

Jan - Apr, 1945 Took part in the transport of refugees from the Eastern territories.

May, 1945 Taken by Great Britian as a war prize.

Oct 1, 1945 The Pretoria was renamed as the British troop transport ship Empire Doon.

1949 Empire Doon (ex-Pretoria) is renamed as the Empire Orwell.

1958 Chartered to the Pan Islamic SS CO, Karachi.

Nov, 1958 Sold to the Blue Funnel Line, Liverpool. Refit at Glasgow, now 17,891 GRT. Became M/P Gunung Djati

1962 Sold to Indonesia.

1965 Sold again.

1966 Sold again.

Apr - Oct, 1973 Refit.

1979 Troop transport ship Tanjung Padan.

1984 Still in existence.


Name: Pretoria
Type T/P
Construction Yard
(Yard No.)
Blohm & Voss, Hamburg
Launched 16.7.36
Commissioned 12.12.36
Weight, metric tons 20104
Weight, BRT 16662
Length, meters 175,76
Width, meters 22,10
Depth, meters 8,07
Engines Two B & V turbines
2 shafts, 2 boilers
Horsepower, HP 14200
Speed, knots 18

Range, nautical miles

11700 at 18 knots (using 3020t oil)
Patients (beds)/Medical staff 2700/?
Crew (officers,men) 259 total
Armament None
Owner Deutsche Ostafrika-Linie, Hamburg