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Auxiliary Cruiser

Coronel Auxiliary cruiser

Service Data

In Service: December 1942 to August 1945

Production Data

Builder: Bremer Vulkan, Bremen-Vegesack
Construction No:
Laid down:
Launched: 13 August 1938
Commissioned: December 1942

Technical Data

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

Displacement: 12,700 tons
Length: 134 m
Beam: 17.9 m
Draft: 7.9 m
Propulsion: 1 × shaft 1 × 8 cylinder diesel engine, producing up to 5,100 hp
Propellers: 1
Speed: 16 knots
Range: 3,600 nautical miles at 10 knots
Crew: 283 plus 74 radar personal from the Luftwaffe
Armament: 3 × 105 mm, 4 × 2 × 3.7 cm, 5 × 4 × 20 mm,
2 × 20 mm, FuMG A1 Freya radar early warning radar
Wurzburg Riese gun laying radar
Aircraft: 3 but none put on board
Operators: Kriegsmarine

Other: Auxiliary cruisers


In late 1942 the Togo was modified into an auxiliary cruiser. As raider Coronel, she was recognised by the KM as HSK 10, and designated Schiff 14. To the Royal Navy she was identified as Raider K. From October 1943 the NJL Togo traversed the Baltic Sea operating under the authority of the Luftwaffe. In March 1944, after the three great Soviet bombing raids on Helsinki, she pulled into the Gulf of Finland to give night fighter cover for Tallinn and Helsinki. She made it through the war and was moved to Britain, but ended in Norway as MS Svalbard after a short trip to the US. She had a lengthy career as a merchant vessel, which ended suddenly as MS Topeka on 21 November 1984 when she ran aground in Mexico. Two men perished.


December 1942
The Coronel is commissioned.

August 1945
The Coronel is seized as a prize of war by the British.

21 November 1984
The Coronel ran aground off the coast of Mexico.


Sorry no image availableErnst Ludwig Thienemann
Takes command on December 1942
Ends command on


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