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Ship ClassTsingtau-class Tender
BuilderBlohm und Voss
Ordered2 Aug 1933
Laid Down21 Oct 1933
Launched6 Jun 1934
Commissioned24 Sep 1934
Displacement2,490 tons full
Length287 feet
Beam44 feet
Draft13 feet
Machinery2 MAN 4-cyl diesel engines, 2 shafts
Power Output4,100 shaft horsepower
Speed17 knots
Range8500nm at 15 knots
Armament2x8.8cm L/45 guns, 2x2x8.8cm guns (until Feb 1940) or 8x2cm anti-aircraft guns (after Feb 1940)


ww2dbaseTsingtau, named after the capital of the former German colony Kiautschou Bay in China, was the first Schnellboot (fast attack craft) tender built by the German Navy. Her keel was laid down by Blohm und Voss in Hamburg, Germany in 1933, and was commissioned into serivce in 1934. She was faster than the existing generic fleet tenders in service at this time, thus better able to work with the fast-moving Schnellboot. She carried ammunition and fuel for the Schnellboot under her care, and also offered crew space to house Schnellboot personnel between operations. In the early stages of the European War, she briefly took on the concurrent role as an anti-aircraft gunnery training ship. After the war, she served under the British banner, locating naval mines in the North Sea. She was scrapped in the United Kingdom in Feb 1950.

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Last Major Revision: Sep 2019

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Tender Tsingtau tending to S-boats, Wilhelmshaven, Germany, circa 1940Tender Tsingtau underway, 1940s

Tsingtau Operational Timeline

2 Aug 1933 The Blohm und Voss shipyard in Hamburg, Germany received the order to build tender Tsingtau.
21 Oct 1933 The keel of Tsingtau was laid down at the Blohm und Voss shipyard in Hamburg, Germany.
6 Jan 1934 Tsingtau was launched at the Blohm und Voss shipyard in Hamburg, Germany.
24 Sep 1934 Tsingtau was commisioned into service.
3 Nov 1934 Tsingtau completed her trials and was attached to the 1st Fast Attack Craft Flotilla.
13 Feb 1940 Tsingtau was temporarily made into an anti-aircraft gunnery training, cadet training, and torpedo boat target ship.
21 Aug 1940 Tsingtau departed for Rotterdam, the Netherlands.
1 Oct 1940 Tsingtau was assigned to the 4th Fast Attack Craft Flotilla.
15 Feb 1942 Tsingtau was assigned to the 6th Fast Attack Craft Flotilla.
24 Jun 1942 Tsingtau was transferred from the 7th Fast Attack Craft Flotilla to the 8th Fast Attack Craft Flotilla.

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