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Atlantis HSK 2

Auxiliary Cruiser




Atlantis HSK 2

Service Data

In Service: 30 November 1939 to 22 November 1941

Production Data

Ordered:
Builder: Bremer Vulkan, Bremen-Vegesack
Construction No:
Laid down:
Launched:
Commissioned: 30 November 1939

Technical Data

Type: Auxiliary cruiser
Class: Hilfskreuzer (Raider), converted freighter

Displacement: 17,600 tons
Length: 155 m
Beam: 18.7 m
Draft: 8.7 m
Propulsion: 2 × 6 cylinder diesel engines producing up to 7,600 hp
Propellers: 1
Speed: 16 knots
Range: 60,000 nautical miles at 10 knots
Crew: 351 men and officers
Armament: 6 × 15 cm 1 × 75 mm 2 × 3.7 cm 4 × 2 mm
4 × torpedo tubes, 92 mines
Armour
Aircraft: 2 × Heinkel He 114 seaplanes
Electronics:
Operators: Kriegsmarine
Variants:

Other: Auxiliary cruisers
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History

The German auxiliary cruiser Atlantis (HSK 2), designated by the Kriegsmarine as Schiff 16 and known to the Royal Navy as Raider-C, was a modified German Hilfskreuzer of the Kriegsmarine, The German auxiliary cruiser Atlantis sank or captured 22 ships totaling 144,384 tons. Atlantis was sunk on November 21, 1941. She was commanded by Bernhard Rogge, who was awarded the Oak Leaves to the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross. The Atlantis sank 10 ships in 1940, capturing another 3. In 1941 it sank 6 and captured another 3.

Career

30 November 1939
The Atlantis is commissioned.

3 May 1940
The Atlantis sinks the British freighter Scientist (6,200 t)

10 June 1940
The Atlantis captures the Norwegian freighter Tirrana (7,230 t)

11 July 1940
The Atlantis sinks the British freighter City of Baghdad (7,505 t)

13 July 1940
The Atlantis sinks the British passenger liner Kemmndine (7,770 t)

2 August 1940
The Atlantis sinks the Norwegian Talleyrand (6,730 t)

24 August 1940
The Atlantis sinks the British Freighter King City (4,745 t)

9 September 1940
The Atlantis sinks the British tanker Athelking (9,550 t)

10 September 1940
The Atlantis sinks the British freighter Benarty (5,800 t)

20 September 1940
The Atlantis sinks the French passenger liner Commisaire Ramel (10,060 t)

22 October 1940
The Atlantis captures the Yugoslavian freighter Durmitor (5,620 t)

9 November 1940
The Atlantis sinks the Norwegian tanker Teddy (6,750 t)

10 November 1940
The Atlantis captures the Norwegian tanker Ole Jacob (8,305 t)

11 November 1940
The Atlantis sinks the British freighter Automedon (7,530 t)

24 January 1941
The Atlantis sinks the British freighter Mandasor (5,145 t)

31 January 1941
The Atlantis captures the British freighter Speybank (5,150 t)

2 February 1941
The Atlantis captures the Norwegian freighter Ketty Brövig (7,300 t)

17 April 1941
The Atlantis sinks the Egyptian passenger liner Zamzam (8,300 t)

14 May 1941
The Atlantis sinks the British freighter Rabaul (6,810 t)

24 May 1941
The Atlantis sinks the British freighter Trafalgar (4,530 t)

17 June 1941
The Atlantis sinks the British freighter Tottenham (4,760 t)

23 June 1941
The Atlantis sinks the British freighter Balzac (5,375 t)

10 September 1941
The Atlantis captures the Norwegian Silvaplana (4,790 t)

18 October 1941
The Atlantis resupply U-68

22 November 1941
The Atlantis was resupplying the U-126 when she was attacked by British cruiser HMS Devonshire and sunk. When the British cruiser HMS Devonshire had gone U-126 returned to pick up the Atlantis crew up.

Commanders

Bernhard Rogge
Takes command on 19 December 1939
Ends command on 22 November 1941

Gallery

Atlantis HSK 2 picture 2

Atlantis HSK 2 picture 3

Atlantis HSK 2 picture 4

Atlantis HSK 2 picture 5

Atlantis HSK 2 picture 6

Atlantis HSK 2 picture 7

SS Kemmndine








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Sources

German Warships, 1815-1945: Major Surface Vessels.
ISBN-10: 0851775330

German Warships, 1815-1945: U-boats and Mine Warfare Vessels.
ISBN-10: 155750301X

German warships of the Second World War.
ISBN-10: 0668040378

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