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Z13 Erich Koellner 1934a



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Z 13 Erich Koellner (1940)

  Named after the torpedo boat commander Erich Koellner in World War I.


Z 13 Erich Koellner  took part in two mining operations in British coastal waters in 1939 and 1940.  During in Operation Weserübung  the Z 13 Erich Koellner  was part of the Kriegsschiffgruppe 1 heading for Narvik. It was sunk on 13.04.1940 in the Ofotfjord near Narvik after a battle with 6 British destroyers. Wreck raised and broken down in 1963.


Construction Data Dimensions Commanders
aid down:     Germaniawerft Kiel, 12.10.1935
Launched:     18.03.1937
Commissioned:     28.03.1939
Fate:     sunk 13.04.1940
Costs:     13,4 Mio Reichsmark
Size (Max):     3190 t
Length (Total):     121,0 m
Length (Waterline):     116,0 m
Beam:     11,3 m
Draft:     4,23 m
Crew:     325
KK/FK Schulze-Hinrichs:     Aug 1939 - Apr 1940



Armour and Aircraft

Engines & Performance

12,7 cm L/45 C/36:     5
3,7 cm L/83 C/30:     4
2 cm MG L/65 C/30:     6
53,3 cm Torpedo tubes:     8
Mines:     60
Shafts:     2
Turbines:     2
Type:     Wagner Geared Turbines
Total Performance:     70000 shp
Speed:     37,0 kn
Range:     2680 sm at 19 kn

Operational History