Lazarettschiffe Tübingen


Lazarettschiffe Tübingen shortly before sinking

History

Feb 25, 1922 Launched.

1922 Commissioned as the French Gouverneur GénéralTirman.

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

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

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

Nov 18, 1944, 0745 GMT The Tübingen was attacked by twoBritish Beaufighters which, after passing over the ship, proceeded toattack it a number of times, although it seems clear that the Britishwere aware of the fact that the ship was indeed a hospital ship and the weatherwas clear and the sea was calm. The British attacked the ship upwards of ninetimes, hitting it with air launched rockets. The Tübingen sunk at 0820 GMT. Before sinking, lifeboatswere launched, saving the majority onboard. It was hit and sunk while3.5 nautical miles south of Cap Promontore (Pola). The ship burned out after theattack and sunk claiming 6 dead. After the sinking, there was a great dealof diplomatic fuss over the attack, with the British claiming that theship was sunk in error, and the Germans making some very solid and substantiatedclaims to the contrary.

Stats

Name:Tübingen
TypeS/P
Construction Yard
(Yard No.)
Forg. & Chant. de la Méditerranée, La Seyne
(?)
Launched25.2.22
Commissioned1922
Weight, metric tons4820
Weight, BRT3509
Length, meters105,58
Width, meters13,62
Depth, meters5,60
EnginesOne 3cyl. expansion engine,
1 shaft, 4 boilers
Horsepower, HP5200 induced
Speed, knots17,5
Range, nautical miles
(Max.)
? at 17,5 knots using 376t oil
Patients/Medical staff448/?
Crew?
ArmamentNone
OwnerMinistère de la Marine Marchande (Cie. de Nav. Mixte), Marseille