December 1942 to August 1945 Ordered: Builder: Bremer
, Bremen-Vegesack Construction No: Laid down:
13 August 1938 Commissioned:
Auxiliary cruiser Class:
Hilfskreuzer (Raider), converted
12,700 tons Length:
17.9 m Draft:
7.9 m Propulsion:
1 × shaft
1 × 8 cylinder diesel engine, producing up to 5,100 hp Propellers:
16 knots Range:
3,600 nautical miles at 10 knots
283 plus 74 radar personal from the Luftwaffe
3 × 105 mm, 4 × 2 × 3.7 cm, 5 × 4 ×
2 × 20 mm, FuMG A1 Freya radar early warning radar
Riese gun laying radar Armour Aircraft:
3 but none put on
board Electronics: Operators:
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
The Coronel is seized as a prize of war by the British.
21 November 1984
The Coronel ran aground off the coast of Mexico.
Takes command on December 1942
Ends command on
Warships, 1815-1945: Major Surface Vessels.
Warships, 1815-1945: U-boats and Mine Warfare Vessels.
German warships of the Second World War.
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