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S-Boats in the Kriegsmarine 1935 - 1945

S-Boats - Technical Data

"S 38" - "S 53"

"S 62" - "S 66"

 

Shipyards Lürssen
 Length 34,94 m
Bream 5,28 m
Draught 1,67 m
Displacement 92,5/115 ts
Propulsion  3 x Daimler-Benz MB 501 Diesel engines 1500/2000 HP 
Speed 39 kts
Complement 21
Armament
2 x Torpedo Tubes 53,3 cm
2 x 20 mm Machineguns
"S 39", "S 44" - "S 46": 1 x 40 mm Flak + 1 x 20 mm MK

    The Commandcentre was on/in the bridge. From S 68 the boats got a scull (kalotte) bridge. 

"S 42" in the Black Sea - Picture from heritage of Kpt. z.S. K.F. Künzel

Boat of Class S 38 in camouflage-painting - Picture: Archives Förderverein

On the picture below four boats of type "S 38" are to be seen at Schlichting-shipyard at Travemünde. The three boats in a pack are of interest and show different states of equipping. The boat at the pier ("S 115") has already a 20mm-Flak on the forecastle, the boat in the middle ("S 112")  is just getting a antenna for the FuMO "Lichtenstein" (radar) and the outer boat ("S 116") has still a big hole in the forecastle to take up the well for the 20mm-gun. The fourth boat on the other side of the pier is probably the unfinished boat "S 117".

Four Boats of Type "S 38" at Schlichting at Travemünde May 1942 - Picture: Archives Förderverein

The command-position was on/in the Bridgehouse.

Boats up to and including "S 46" did originally not have a 20mm gun on the forecastle. Some of the boats of type "S 38" were retrofitted rsp. fitted from summer 1943 onwards with a skull-cap bridge (Kalotte) and a MG amidships. Boats "S 124" - "S 126" which were handed over to Spain together with "S 723", "S 78" and "S 134" had the old bridge-form. Boats "S 127" - "S 133" were commissioned in 1943 already with skull-cap bridge.

 

 

Shipyards Lürssen, Schlichting: "S 101" - "S 133"
 Length 34,94 m
Bream 5,28 m
Draught 1,67 m
Displacement 92,5/115 ts
Propulsion  3 x Daimler-Benz MB 501 Diesel engines 1500/2000 HP 
Speed 39 kts
Complement 21 - 30
Armament
2 x Torpedo Tubes 53,3 cm
2 x 20 mm Machineguns
1 x MG
"S 81" - "S 83", "S 98" - "S 99", "S 117": 1 x 40 mm Flak + 1 x 20 mm MG

           

Retrofitted boats with skull-cap-bridge (Kalottenbrücke) were:

"S 39", "S 40", "S 47", "S 48", "S 49", "S 52", "S 62", "S 65", "S 68", "S 72", "S 74", "S 76", "S 77", "S 79", "S 81", S  83", "S 85", "S 91", "S 95", "S 96", "S 97", "S 98", "S 99" "S 110", "S 112",  "S 114" and "S 116".

Special: On the standard type "S 38" three armament variants were retrofitted after fall 1943 corresponding to availability of weapon: 

astern

midships

bow

1 x 40 mm 1 x 20 mm twin mounted 1 x 20 mm
1 x 37 mm 1 x 20 mm twin mounted 1 x 20 mm
1 x 20 mm quad. mounted 1 x 20 mm twin mounted  1 x 20 mm

        

The German Reich (Deutsches Reich) in 1943 sold  six boats of type S 38 in 1943 to Spain:

Boat   Date   Whereabouts
S 73 16.08.1943 LT 21, decommissioned 19.06.1956 
S 78 16.08.1943 LT 22, decommissioned 19.06.1956
S 124 28.08.1943 LT 23, decommissioned 19.06.1956
S 125 28.08.1943 LT 24, decommissioned 18.06.1955
S 126 28.08.1943 LT 25, decommissioned 18.06.1955
S 134 28.08.1943 LT 26, decommissioned 23.11.1957

 

As augmentation of their S-boat-fleet the Spanish Navy in 1955/59 ordered six boats to be built by E.N. Bazán with assistance of Lürssen and Mercedes according to the plans of type S 38.

Number Commissioned Decommissioned
LT 27 10.07.1953 21.01.1963
LT 28 10.07.1953 24.01.1963
LT 29 10.07.1953 04.08.1961
LT 30 26.09.1953 31.07.1977
LT 31 21.07.1956 31.07.1977
LT 32 06.11.1959 12.08.1974

The boats LT 30 - LT 31 were used up as target-boats.

Spanish S-Boat LT 31 - Picture: Prof. Dr. G. Mourente

Spanish S-Boat LT 32 - Picture: Prof. Dr. G. Mourente

 

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