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Begleitschiff  (Tender) "Adolf Lüderitz"


Technical Data

Shipyard AG Neptun, Rostock
In Commission 11.06.1940 - 10.05.1945
Displacement 3.600 t
Length 114,0 m
Beam 14,5 m
Draught 4,34 m
Propulsion 4 double-effective MAN twostroke-dieselengines with Vulcan gearbox 12.400 HP *)
Shafts/Propellers 2 - 2
Speed 23 kts
Complement  225
Armament 4 x 10,5 cm Rapid Firing Gun
1 x 4 cm Bofors-Flak
6 x 3,7 cm Flak
8 x 2 cm Flak


*) As communicated on 03.02.2020 by Mr. Horst Köhler, a development engineer at MAN for more than 40 years, the company MAN at that time only produced double-effective twostroke-dieselengines - no double-effective fourstroke-dieselengines as reported by many online and printed media - with that performance. Se also www.dieselmotoren-historik.com.


"Adolf Lüderitz" was commissioned for the 3. S-Flotilla. Since the Flotilla was tranferred to the Mediterranean, "Adolf Lüderitz" came to the newly formed 8. S-Flotilla in November 1941. On 24.6.42 the ship was ordered to the 6.S-Flotilla. 1943 until the end of the war she belonged to the 1.S-Boat-Schoolflotilla. Her sistership was "Carl Peters".

Commanding Officers:

06.1940 – 10.1941  Kptlt. Willy Möbes
10.1941 – 11.1943  KorvKapt.d.Res.  Walter Ersami
11.1943 – 05.1945   Kptlt. August Gauland


"Adolf Lüderitz", Tender for den 3. SFltl - Picture: Archive H. Haag

After the war "Adolf Lüderitz" initially served with the IV. German Minesweeping Division. 1946 she was handed over the Soviet Union were she sailed under the name "Payserd".