Adjutant (ship, 1937)

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Sister boat POL X
Sister boat POL X
Ship data
flag NorwayNorway Norway German Empire
German EmpireGerman Empire (Reichskriegsflagge) 
other ship names


Ship type Whalers
Shipping company Hvalfangerselskapet "Polaris" A / S
Shipyard Smiths Dock Company , Middlesbrough
Build number 1050
Launch August 6, 1937
Commissioning as an auxiliary mineship:
May 28, 1941
Whereabouts Sunk on July 1, 1941
Ship dimensions and crew
43.9 m ( Lüa )
width 8.0 m
Draft Max. 3.5 m
measurement 354 GRT
crew 19 as a mine layer
Machine system
machine Steam engine
1,600 hp (1,177 kW)
15 kn (28 km / h)
propeller 1
Armament from 1941

The Adjutant was a former Norwegian whaler of the German Navy who had been converted into a mine ship .


Mid-January 1941 brought the German auxiliary cruiser penguin in the Southern Ocean two Walkocher , a supply ship (the former factory ship Solglimt ) and eleven fishing boats southwest of Bouvet Island on including January 14, the Norwegian whaling boat pole IX . Held back by the penguin as a "second eye", Pol IX was renamed Adjutant under Leutnant zur See Hemmer and sent to the Kerguelen together with the Alstertor , which served as a meeting point in the Indian Ocean when these tankers were looking for mine operations. After the sinking of the penguin on May 8, 1941, the adjutant lost her mother ship and was handed over to the auxiliary cruiser Komet . So Komet took over the sponsorship of the scout ship and met with the adjutant on May 21st . The whaling boat was then converted into an auxiliary mine-layer at sea from May 24th to 28th. Adjutant received the 6.0 cm L / 18 boat cannon, which served as a stopping cannon on the Komet . The cannon was placed on the forecastle instead of the harpoon cannon. Two 2 cm flak, which were captured on the Ragintane , an English range finder, also from the Ragintane , and 20 south-polar mines of the TMB type came on board. Furthermore, oil, water and provisions were replenished and the engine and steering gear were overhauled. The work was carried out by the permanent staff of the Komet , while the own crew was embarked on the Komet to relax . Two of the machine personnel were also replaced and three more mining specialists were added to the crew.


On May 28, 1941, the adjutant received a written order to operate and was towed by the Komet south of New Zealand. On June 11th, the adjutant , now under Oberleutnant zur See Karsten, headed for New Zealand disguised as a Japanese whaler. After the mine had been laid at Lyttelton and Wellington , she met the Komet again on July 1, 1941 .


Due to the commander's classification that the adjutant's machines were no longer usable, the auxiliary mine-laying machine was replaced on July 1, 1941 by 2 cm, 3.7 cm and three 15 cm after the equipment had been reassembled from the auxiliary cruiser Komet -Genades and additional opening of the bottom valve near the Chathamineln sunk at 41 ° 36 ′ 0 ″  S , 173 ° 7 ′ 0 ″  W.


  • Zvonimir Freivogel: German auxiliary cruiser of the Second World War - pirate drivers on the seas, Motorbuch Verlag, 1st edition 2003, ISBN 3-613-02288-5
  • Jochen Brennecke: Ghost cruiser HK 33. Penguin on a pirate trip. Special edition. Koehler, Hamburg 1998, ISBN 3-7822-0732-7
  • Robert Eyssen: HSK Comet. Pirate voyage on all seas. Koehlers Verlagsgesellschaft, Hamburg 2002, ISBN 3-782-20856-0

Web links


  1. ^ Rohwer, p. 97.