German torpedo boat T-25

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Nazi Germany
Name: T-25
Ordered: 23 April 1938
Builder: Schichau, Elbing
Laid down: 1940
Launched: 1 December 1941
Commissioned: 12 December 1942
Fate: Sunk, 28 December 1943
General characteristics [1]
Class and type: Type 1939 torpedo boat
Displacement: 1,294 long tons (1,315 t) (standard)
Length: 97 m (318 ft 3 in) o/a
Beam: 10 m (32 ft 10 in)
Draft: 3.22 m (10 ft 7 in)
Installed power: 29,000 shp (22,000 kW)
Speed: 32.5 knots (60.2 km/h; 37.4 mph)
Complement: 206
Service record
Commanders: Korvettenkapitän Wirich von Gartzen

German torpedo-boat T-25 was a torpedo boat (a type of small destroyer popular in European navies) built for the Kriegsmarine during the Second World War. Built by Schichau of Elbing, T-25 was one of fifteen Type 39 torpedo boats, sometimes referred to as the Elbing-class. She was laid down in 1940, launched on 1 December 1941 and commissioned on 12 December 1942. T-25 was assigned to general escort duties and stationed in Occupied France on the Bay of Biscay.


A sketch of the rescue drawn by Hans Helmut Karsch, while interned in the Curragh Camp (note the Irish tricolours on the Kerlogue) - National Maritime Museum of Ireland

In December 1943 T-25 sailed with her flotilla on Operation Bernau, a mission to escort two German blockade runners to safety. The operation was a failure for the German Navy; along with the Narvik-class destroyer Z27 and her sister Elbing-class torpedo boat, T26, were attacked by the British cruisers HMS Glasgow and Enterprise in the Bay of Biscay and sunk on 28 December 1943. Her survivors were rescued by U-505, which picked up 33 men;[2] U-618,[3] which saved 21 from Z27; and by the Irish merchantman MV Kerlogue, which saved 168, from all three, the day after the attack.[4]


  1. ^ Conway p238
  2. ^ Helgason, Guðmundur. "Patrol info for U-505 (Eleventh patrol)". German U-boats of WWII - Retrieved 15 March 2010. 
  3. ^ Helgason, Guðmundur. "U-618". German U-boats of WWII - 
  4. ^ Oireachtas Debates Archived 2012-09-20 at the Wayback Machine., Seanad Éireann 27 April 1994


  • Conway : Conways All the Worlds Fighting Ships 1922-1946 (1980) ISBN 0 85177 146 7

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