Z 38

Vessel Name on Arrival: 
HMS Nonsuch
Vessel Type: 
Draught For'd: 
12' 0"
Draught Aft: 
15' 0"
Year Built: 
Arrival Date: 
Breakup Started: 
Date First Beaching: 
Breakup Completed: 
Original Builder: 
Friedrich Krupp Germaniawerft of Kiel, Germany
Original Yard No.: 
Name Changes: 

1941  :  Launched as the German Narvik-Class Destroyer Z-38
1945  :  Renamed HMS Nonsuch when taken over as war reparation  -  Pennant Nos. R 40 and D 107

Other Information: 

Twin-Screw Destroyer HMS NONSUCH  (ex German Destroyer Z-38)            Pennant Nos. R40 / D107
19-09-1939  :  Ordered by the Kriegsmarine
15-04-1940  :  Keel laid down
05-08-1941  :  Launched
20-03-1943  :  Completed
Tonnages  (Displacement)  :  2,603 tons / 3,597 tons
Dimensions  :  127 metres  x  12 metres  x  4.62 metres
Propulsion  :  Wagner geared steam turbines developing 70,000 SHP / 6 x Wagner Boilers at 70 kg/cm2
Vessel Design Speed  :  37.5 knots                          Vessel Range  :  2,239 nautical miles at 19 knots
Complement  :  320 - 332 Officers and Men
Initially, served the Kriegsmarine in the Baltic and later off Norway.  Was part of the 4th Flotilla Destroyer which was in action with two British Light Cruisers off Bergen in late January 1945.
Seized as war reparation at Flensburg in May 1945.
Following acquisition by the Royal Navy was first used for trials and evaluation then served as an Air Target Ship until paid off in late 1948.
Following this the vessel was used for underwater explosion testing in Loch Striven, Scotland, after which she was disposed of for breaking by the West of Scotland Shipbreaking Company at their Troon facility, where she arrived on 17th of May 1950.


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