Nordmark file photo [31598]


Ship ClassDithmarschen-class Auxiliary
BuilderF. Schichau Danzig
Laid Down14 Nov 1936
Launched5 Oct 1937
Commissioned16 Jan 1939
Displacement22,861 tons standard
Length584 feet
Beam73 feet
Draft30 feet
MachinerySteam turbine with double reduction gearing, 2 shafts
Bunkerage9,000t fuel oil, 400t lubricating oil
Power Output21,590 shaft horsepower
Speed21 knots
Range12,500nm at 15 knots
Armament3x15cm/L48 guns, 2x3.7cm anti-aircraft guns, 4x2cm anti-aircraft guns, 8x machine guns


ww2dbaseWesterwald was designed as a support ship, providing fuel, supplies, repair capabilities, and medical care capabilities to ocean-going warships and crews. She was commissioned into service in 1939 and was renamed Nordmark in late 1939. She spent most of the war off the Norwegian coast. In May 1945, she was captured by the British. Intended to be repaired and converted for service with the British Pacific Fleet, the end of the Pacific War came before the work was done, and she was placed in reserve instead. In Jan 1946, she was renamed Northmark. In Jul 1947, she was modernized and commissioned into service as HMS Bulawayo. She was decommissioned in 1950 and scrapped in Dalmuir, Scotland, United Kingdom starting in Oct 1955.


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HMS Bulawayo entering Grand Harbour, Malta, date unknown

Nordmark Operational Timeline

14 Nov 1936 The keel of Westerwald was laid down by F. Schichau in Danzig.
5 Oct 1937 Westerwald was launched F. Schichau in Danzig.
22 Aug 1939 Westerwald began supporting German cruiser Deutschland in the Arctic Sea.
5 Oct 1939 Westerwald was officially commissioned into service, though she was already on a mission supporting cruiser Deutschland at this time.
12 Nov 1939 Westerwald completed supporting German cruiser Deutschland in the Arctic Sea.
21 Jul 1940 Nordmark was damaged by British aircraft near Jutland, Denmark.
12 Sep 1940 Nordmark began supporting cruiser Admiral Scheer.
21 May 1941 Nordmark completed supported cruiser Admiral Scheer.
8 Aug 1945 Nordmark arrived at Rosyth, Scotland, United Kingdom.
4 Oct 1955 Northmark was scrapped.

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