Hospital Ship – Lazarettschiff B (Robert Ley)


WW2 German Hospital Ship Photo - Lazarettschiff B (Robert Ley)
Robert Ley as a Hospital Ship “B” in 1939/40

Mar 29, 1938 Launched.

Mar 24, 1939 Commissioned.

1939 Served as a KdF (Strength through Joy) ship.

May, 1939 The Robert Ley sailed with the KdF ships Stuttgart, DerDeutsche, Wilhelm Gustloff, and Sierra Cordoba, and the non-KdF shipOceana. They were taking part in the transport of the Legion Condor fromSpain back to Germany after the successful defeat of the Republican forcesby Franco’s Nationalist’s.

May 24, 1939 The ships of the transport fleet arrived in Vigo,Spain, and unloaded large amounts of medical supplies and other materialsthat were given to the Spanish Social Help organization.

May 26, 1939 The Legion Condor loaded on the ships of the transportfleet in Vigo harbor. The Robert Ley took on 1416 men.

May 30, 1939 The ships, including the Robert Ley, arrived in Germanwaters and were escorted into Hamburg harbor by a number of Germanvessels, including the yacht Hamburg and the armoured ships Admiral GrafSpee and Admiral Scheer.

Aug 25, 1939 Entered service in the Kreigsmarine (converted byTechn. Betrieb HAL, Hamburg) as Lazarettschiff B

Nov 22, 1939 Decommissioned.

1940 Served as an accommodation ship for the1.Unterseeboot-Lehr-Division, Neustadt

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

1942 Served as a garrison ship.

July 29, 1944 Served as a VTS (VTS =Verwundeten-Transportschiffe/Transportships for wounded and sick soldiers during large evacuations).

Sept 9, 1944 Served as an accommodation ship for the 1.Unterseeboot-Lehr-Division/II.Abteilung,Hamburg-Finkenwärder

Jan, 1945 Took part in the massive transport of refugees from theEastern Territories.

Mar 9, 1945 Hit by bombs during a RAF raid on Hamburg and washeavily damaged (most sources put the date as March 24, 1945, but the airraid was on March 9th.

June 1, 1947 Scrapped in the UK.

WW2 German Hospital Ship Drawing - Lazarettschiff B (Robert Ley)


Name:Robert Ley
TypeDisel-electric Passenger Liner
Construction Yard
(Yard No.)
Howaldt, Hamburg
Weight, metric tons20874
Weight, BRT27288
Length, meters203,80
Width, meters24,00
Depth, meters7,56
EnginesSix MAN 2-stroke 6cyl diesels,
Six Siemens-Schuckert electric,
2 shafts
Horsepower, HP12800 effective
Speed, knots15,5
Range, nautical miles
12030 at 15 knots (using 1857t oil)
Patients (beds)/Medical staff504/?
Crew (officers,men)20,145
OwnerDeutsche Arbeitsfront, Hamburg