Z36 file photo [30706]

Z36

CountryGermany
Ship Class1936B-class Destroyer
BuilderDeutsche Schiff- und Maschinenbau AG
Yard Number1006
Slip/Drydock NumberXI
Ordered17 Feb 1941
Laid Down15 Sep 1941
Launched15 May 1943
Commissioned19 Feb 1944
Sunk12 Dec 1944
Displacement2,559 tons standard; 3,599 tons full
Length417 feet
Beam39 feet
Draft14 feet
MachinerySix Wagner water-tube boilers, two Wagner geared steam turbine sets, two propellers
Bunkerage835t fuel oil
Power Output69,000 SHP
Speed36 knots
Range2,600nm at 19 knots
Crew336
Armament5x12.7cm 45cal SK C/34 guns, 2x2x3.7cm 80cal SK C/30 anti-aircraft guns, 3x4x2cm 65cal C/30 guns, 3x1x2cm 65cal C/30 guns, 2x4x53.3cm torpedo tubes, 4x depth charge launchers, 74 mines

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ww2dbaseDestroyer Z36 was built by the DeSchiMAG shipyard in Bremen, Germany. She was commissioned into service in Feb 1944 under the command of Korvettenkapitän Fredric von Hausen. In mid-1944, she was assigned to the 6th Destroyer Flotilla. On 30 Jul and 1 Aug 1944, she and other destroyers of the 6th Destroyer Flotilla bombarded Soviet positions in Latvia from the Gulf of Riga. On 5 Aug, the flotilla escorted heavy cruiser Prinz Eugen off the island of Saaremaa (German: Ösel) in Estonia. Between 19 and 20 Aug, the flotilla once again escorted Prinz Eugen, this time off the Latvian coast. On 16 Sep, destroyers Z28 and Z36 escorted the passenger ship Monte Rosa, with refugees aboard, from Paldiski (German: Baltisch-Port), Estonia to Gotenhafen, Germany (occupied Gdynia, Poland). That month, the flotilla also covered the convoys evacuating Finland and Tallinn, Estonia. Between 10 and 15 Oct, the flotilla escorted heavy cruisers Lützow and Prinz Eugen as the cruiser shelled Soviet targets in the areas of Klaipėda (German: Memel) and Liepāja (German: Libau), Latvia. Between 20 and 24 Nov 1944, the flotilla and heavy cruisers Admiral Scheer and Prinz Eugen shelling Soviet positions during the evacuation of the Sõrve (German: Sworbe) peninsula on the Estonian island of Saaremaa (German: Ösel). On 11 Dec 1944, she departed with sister ships Z35 and Z43 and torpedo boats T28 to deploy a new minefield off the Estonian coast. At about 0200 hours on the following date, she and Z35 accidentally ventured into a German minefield 2.5 miles to the north, struck a mine, and sank. Due to the darkness and her position being in a minefield, the German decided against sending any craft to rescue survivors. 70 survivors from Z35 were rescued by the Soviets, while all hands aboard Z36 were lost. Her wreck, at the depth of 50 meters, was discovered and surveyed by the Finnish Ministry of the Environment in 1994.

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Z36 Operational Timeline

17 Feb 1941 The order for the construction of Z36 was issued.
15 Sep 1941 The keel of Z36 was laid down by the DeSchiMAG shipyard in Bremen, Germany.
15 May 1943 Z36 was launched at the DeSchiMAG shipyard in Bremen, Germany.
19 Feb 1944 Z36 was commissioned into service with Korvettenkapitän Fredric von Hausen in command.
28 Jun 1944 Z35 and Z36 escorted heavy cruiser Lützow for the island of Utö, Finland, but the sortie would be canceled after her departure.
30 Jul 1944 Z35 and Z36 sailed into the Gulf of Riga to bombard Soviet positions in Latvia.
1 Aug 1944 Z35 and Z36 sailed into the Gulf of Riga to bombard Soviet positions in Latvia.
5 Aug 1944 Z35 and Z36 escorted heavy cruiser Prinz Eugen off the Estonian island of Saaremaa (German: Ösel).
19 Aug 1944 Z35 and Z36 began escorting heavy cruiser Prinz Eugen off the Latvian coast.
20 Aug 1944 Z35 and Z36 completed the escorting of heavy cruiser Prinz Eugen off the Latvian coast. Z35 damaged her propellers on a rock, thus requiring her to sail to Gotenhafen, Germany (occupied Gdynia, Poland) for repairs.
16 Sep 1944 Destroyers Z28 and Z36 escorted the passenger ship Monte Rosa, with refugees aboard, from Paldiski (German: Baltisch-Port), Estonia to Gotenhafen, Germany (occupied Gdynia, Poland).
10 Oct 1944 Z35 and Z36 began escorting heavy cruisers Lützow and Prinz Eugen as the cruiser shelled Soviet targets in the areas of Klaipėda (German: Memel) and Liepāja (German: Libau), Latvia.
15 Oct 1944 Z35 and Z36 completed the escorting of heavy cruisers Lützow and Prinz Eugen as the cruiser shelled Soviet targets in the areas of Klaipėda (German: Memel) and Liepāja (German: Libau), Latvia.
20 Nov 1944 Admiral Scheer, Prinz Eugen, Z35, Z36, and Z43 began shelling Soviet positions during the evacuation of the Sõrve (German: Sworbe) peninsula on the Estonian island of Saaremaa (German: Ösel).
24 Nov 1944 Admiral Scheer, Prinz Eugen, Z35, Z36, and Z43 completed shelling Soviet positions during the evacuation of the Sõrve (German: Sworbe) peninsula on the Estonian island of Saaremaa (German: Ösel).
11 Dec 1944 After sundown, German destroyers Z35, Z36, and Z43 and torpedo boat T28 began laying a new minefield off the Estonian coast, planning to deploy 68 mines each. Torpedo boat T23 provided escort for the group.
12 Dec 1944 German destroyer Z35 and Z36, while laying mines, accidentally sailed into the existing "Nashorn" minefield 2.5 nautical miles further north of their intended position off the Estonian coast. Z36 struck a mine at 0152 hours and Z35 struck another at 0200 hours. Both sank. 70 survivors of Z35 were rescued by the Soviets, while all aboard Z36 were lost.




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