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German Armed Forces Research 1918-1945

WW2 German Lazarettschiffe Tübingen

Lazarettschiffe Tübingen shortly before sinking


Feb 25, 1922 Launched.

1922 Commissioned as the French Gouverneur Général Tirman.

Jan 1, 1943 Entered service in the German Kriegsmarine as an accommodation ship based in Marseille, France.

July 24, 1943 Began conversion to a hospital ship still under German service.

Nov 1, 1943 Entered service in the German Kriegsmarine as Lazarettschiffe Tübingen.

Nov 18, 1944, 0745 GMT The Tübingen was attacked by two British Beaufighters which, after passing over the ship, proceeded to attack it a number of times, although it seems clear that the British were aware of the fact that the ship was indeed a hospital ship and the weather was clear and the sea was calm. The British attacked the ship upwards of nine times, hitting it with air launched rockets. The Tübingen sunk at 0820 GMT. Before sinking, lifeboats were launched, saving the majority onboard. It was hit and sunk while 3.5 nautical miles south of Cap Promontore (Pola). The ship burned out after the attack and sunk claiming 6 dead. After the sinking, there was a great deal of diplomatic fuss over the attack, with the British claiming that the ship was sunk in error, and the Germans making some very solid and substantiated claims to the contrary.


Name: Tübingen
Type S/P
Construction Yard
(Yard No.)
Forg. & Chant. de la Méditerranée, La Seyne
Launched 25.2.22
Commissioned 1922
Weight, metric tons 4820
Weight, BRT 3509
Length, meters 105,58
Width, meters 13,62
Depth, meters 5,60
Engines One 3cyl. expansion engine,
1 shaft, 4 boilers
Horsepower, HP 5200 induced
Speed, knots 17,5
Range, nautical miles
? at 17,5 knots using 376t oil
Patients/Medical staff 448/?
Crew ?
Armament None
Owner Ministère de la Marine Marchande (Cie. de Nav. Mixte), Marseille