Lazarettschiffe General San Martin

Lazarettschiffe General San Martin Photo
Thuringia (General San Martin) as pre-1939 Passenger Liner


Aug 12, 1922 Launched.

Jan 10, 1923 Completed as the turbine steamer Thuringia(Hapag).

1930 Refit for service to South American, renamed as the GeneralSan Martin.

Mar 18, 1934 The General San Martin was chartered by theHamburg-South America Line.

June 30, 1936 The General San Martin was bought by theHamburg-South America Line.

Jan 20, 1940 The General San Martin was commissioned into servicein the Kriegsmarine as an accommodation ship for the 7.U-boot-Flotilla inKönigsberg.

Jan 15, 1945 Accommodation ship for the 7.U-boot-Flotilla, nowbased in Kiel.

Mar 1, 1941 Accomodation ship for the 3.U-boot-Flotilla, based inKiel.

Oct 1, 1941 Accomodation ship for the 8.U-boot-Flotilla, based inKönigsberg.

Aug 1944 Accomodation ship for the 32.U-boot-Flotilla, based inKönigsberg.

Jan 25, 1945 The General San Martin was used as a VTS (VTS =Verwundeten-Transportschiffe/Transport ships for wounded and sick soldiersduring large evacuations), under Sanitätsamt Ost.

Apr 4, 1945 General San Martin served as a Lazarettschiff.

Jan – Apr, 1945 The General San Martin took part in 11 transportruns, rescuing a total of over 30,000 refugees and wounded/sick from theEastern territories.

June 26, 1945 Decommissioned.

Oct 8, 1945 Handed over to Great Britian at Copenhagen.

1946 Renamed as the British troop transport Empire Deben.

Mar, 1949 Scrapped at Newport, Mon.


Name:General San Martin
Construction Yard (Yard No.)Howaldt, Kiel (610)
Weight, metric tonsabout 18100
Weight, BRT11251
Length, meters150,90
Width, meters18,50
Depth, meters8,50
EnginesOne BBC turbine 1 shaft, 5 boilers
Horsepower, HP5300
Speed, knots13,5
Range, nautical miles (Max.)13000 at 13 knots (using 2500t oil)
Patients (beds)/Medical staff?/?
Crew (officers,men)164 total
OwnerHamburg-Südamerikanische Dampfschiff-fahrts-Ges., Hamburg (HSDG)