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German torpedo boat T-25
Career (Nazi Germany)
Name: T-25
Ordered: 23 April 1938
Builder: Schichau, Elbing
Laid down: 1940
Launched: 1 December 1941
Commissioned: 12 December 1942
Fate: Sunk, 28 December 1943
General characteristics [1]
Class & type: Type 1939 torpedo boat
Displacement: 1,294 long tons (1,315 t) (standard)
Length: 97 m (318 ft 3 in) o/a
Beam: 10 m (32 ft 10 in)
Draft: 3.22 m (10 ft 7 in)
Installed power: 29,000 shp (22,000 kW)
Propulsion: 2 × shafts
2 × Wagner geared steam turbine sets
4 × Wagner water-tube boilers
Speed: 32.5 knots (60.2 km/h; 37.4 mph)
Complement: 206
Armament: 4 × 1 - 105 mm (4.1 in) guns
2 × 2 - 37 mm (1.5 in) anti-aircraft (AA) guns
7 × 1 - 20 mm (0.8 in) AA guns
2 × 3 - 533 mm (21 in) torpedo tubes
Service record

German torpedo-boat T-25 was a torpedo boat (a type of small destroyer popular in European navies) built for the Kriegsmarine during the Second World War. Built by Schichau of Elbing, T-25 was one of fifteen Type 39 torpedo boats, sometimes referred to as the Elbing class. She was laid down in 1940, launched on 1 December 1941 and commissioned on 12 December 1942. T-25 was assigned to general escort duties and stationed in Occupied France on the Bay of Biscay.


A sketch of the rescue drawn by Hans Helmut Karsch, while interned in the Curragh Camp (note the Irish tricolours on the Kerlogue) - National Maritime Museum of Ireland

In December 1943 T-25 sailed with her flotilla on Operation Bernau, a mission to escort two German blockade runners to safety. The operation was a failure for the German Navy; along with the Narvik-class destroyer Z27 and her sister Elbing class torpedo boat, T26, were attacked by the British cruisers HMS Glasgow and HMS Enterprise in the Bay of Biscay and sunk on 28 December 1943. Her survivors were rescued by U-505, which picked up 33 men;[2] U-618,[3] which saved 21 from Z27; and by the Irish merchantman MV Kerlogue, which saved 168, from all three, the day after the attack.[4]


  1. Conway p238
  2. Helgason, Guðmundur. "Patrol info for U-505 (Eleventh patrol)". U-Boat Patrols. Retrieved 15 March 2010. 
  3. U-618 at
  4. Oireachtas Debates, Seanad Éireann 27 April 1994


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