German torpedo boat T-36
|Ordered:||23 April 1938|
|Launched:||5 February 1944|
|Commissioned:||9 December 1944|
|Fate:||Sunk, 5 May 1945|
|General characteristics |
|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)|
German torpedo-boat T-36 was a torpedo boat built for the Kriegsmarine during the Second World War. Built by Schichau of Elbing, T-36 was the last of fifteen Type 39 torpedo boats, sometimes referred to as the Elbing-class. She was laid down in 1942, launched on 5 February 1944 and commissioned on 9 December 1944. T-36 was assigned to general escort duties and stationed in the Baltic.
In January 1945 T-36 was involved in the aftermath of the Wilhelm Gustloff disaster. Wilhelm Gustloff was a passenger liner pressed into service as a transport for Operation Hannibal, the evacuation of East Prussia before the advancing Red Army. As she was fleeing Gotenhafen, on the night of 30 January, crowded with German Navy personnel, servicemen and civilian refugees, Wilhelm Gustloff was torpedoed by the Soviet submarine S-13. A number of ships attended, including T-36, in order to search for survivors. T-36 was able to pick up 564 survivors from the disaster, which claimed over 9,000 lives.
T-36 was mined off Swinemunde on 4 May 1945 and disabled. She was sunk the following day by a Soviet air attack.
- Conway p238
- Conway : Conways All the Worlds Fighting Ships 1922-1946 (1980) ISBN 0 85177 146 7