german German Navy (Kriegsmarine) 1935-1945 Tirpitz [+1944]
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general
nationality german
purpose war
type battleship
subtype/class Bismarck class battleship
Bismarck class battleship Bismarck (+1941)
propulsion steam turbine
date built 1941
status
lifted lifted
details
weight (tons) 41700  disp (surf)
dimensions 251 x 36 x 9.3 m
material steel, armoured
engine 3 x Blohm & Voss geared steam turbines, 12 Wagner boilers, triple shafts, 3 three-blade propellers, each 4.70 m diameter
armament 8 x 38cm, 12 x 15cm, 16 x 10.5cm, 16 x 3.7 cm, 14 x 2 A.A.
power 150170  s.h.p.
speed 35  knots
about the loss
cause lost air raid
date lost 12/11/1944  [dd/mm/yyyy]
casualties  max.895rank: 116
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builder
Kriegsmarinewerft Wilhelmshaven (Prev. Kaiserliche/Reichsmarine Werft), Wilhelmshaven
owner
German Navy (Kriegsmarine) 1935-1945
captain
complement 2200~2221
about the wreck
status lifted
depth (m.) 10 max. / -- min. (m)
orientation
protected
war grave
updates
entered by Allen Tony
entered 15/08/2008
last update Gothro Phil
last update 04/04/2012
 
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Lettens Jan12/11/2009
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Lettens Jan12/11/2009

There is no wreck to be found here anymore, as she was completely scrapped.. Perhaps some debris ?

Celticmarine17/02/2011

Some debris does remain from The TIRPITZ, some plates from her hull too I believe. Link to photos of wreck and wreck site

http://www.bismarck-class.dk


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Allen Tony15/08/2008Tirpitz was a 44,755 ton German battleship commissioned in 1941 (sister ship to the Bismarck) was named after the creator of the German High Seas Fleet, Grand Admiral Alfred von Tirpitz, and out of action for six months following an attack by Royal Navy midget submarines.

Only once during the war did the Tirpitz fire its huge 15-inch guns and that was in the bombardment of Spitzbergen in September, 1943, which destroyed the Allied base there.

On September 17, 1944, it was again attacked while holed up in Altenfjord in Norway. For this attack the Soviets co-operated by permitting the RAF to use their airfield at Yagodnik. Hit by one of the 13 ´Tallboy´ bombs dropped on the ship, the Tirpitz was damaged but not sunk. ...

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German Navy (Kriegsmarine) 1935-1945

Kriegsmarine is the name of the Navy of Germany during WWII, not to be confused with Imperial German Navy, which is the German Navy during WWI and before.
 
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 Kriegsmarinewerft Wilhelmshaven (Prev. Kaiserliche/Reichsmarine Werft), Wilhelmshaven
Kriegsmarinewerft is the name this famous naval shipyard got when the Nazi regime was installed. Before that, this yard was called Reichsmarinewerft or the Kaiserliche Werft.
 
 
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Allen Tony15/08/2008Tirpitz was a 44,755 ton German battleship commissioned in 1941 (sister ship to the Bismarck) was named after the creator of the German High Seas Fleet, Grand Admiral Alfred von Tirpitz, and out of action for six months following an attack by Royal Navy midget submarines.

Only once during the war did the Tirpitz fire its huge 15-inch guns and that was in the bombardment of Spitzbergen in September, 1943, which destroyed the Allied base there.

On September 17, 1944, it was again attacked while holed up in Altenfjord in Norway. For this attack the Soviets co-operated by permitting the RAF to use their airfield at Yagodnik. Hit by one of the 13 ´Tallboy´ bombs dropped on the ship, the Tirpitz was damaged but not sunk.

The battleship was then moved south to Tromso and moored in Sorbotn off Hakoya Island. For the next attack on November 12th, the RAF dispatched 32 Lancaster bombers from 9 and 617 Squadrons based at Lossiemouth, Scotland.

Flying at 14,000 feet, they scored two direct hits with 12,000 pound ´Tallboy´ bombs tearing open her hull for a hundred feet. The Tirpitz turned completely over, her upperworks hitting the shallow bottom leaving her stuck there with only her red keel showing above the water.

Trapped inside were 971 crewmen who slowly died as the water rose inside. Only 76 men survived by making their way up to the bottom of the hull which was then cut open by rescue teams.
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