Storm (1898)

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January 19, 2022

Storm - a Norwegian torpedo boat from the end of the 19th century, one of the three Storm-class ships built. The ship was launched on June 1, 1898 at the Horten Verft shipyard in Horten, and in the same year it became part of the Norwegian navy. During the Norwegian campaign in 1940, the unit fought in the defense of Bergen, and on April 13, 1940, it was destroyed by the Luftwaffe after running aground near Bømlo.

Design and construction

Storm class 1 torpedo boats were designed at the German shipyard Schichau on the basis of the S 66 torpedo boats. The "Storm" was built at the Horten Verft shipyard. The date of the keel laying is unknown, and it was launched on June 1, 1898.

Tactical and technical data

The ship was a torpedo boat with an overall length of 39.9 meters, a width of 4.8 meters and a draft from 1.1 meters bow to 2.15 meters aft. Normal displacement was 83 tons and full displacement was 107 tons. The unit was powered by a 1100 HP vertical triple-expansion steam engine, steam supplied by two boilers. The single-propeller vessel had a maximum speed of 21 knots. The ship took a stock of 17 tons of coal. The artillery armament of the units consisted of two single 37 mm QF L / 45 Hotchkiss cannons. The torpedo weapons were two single 450 mm tubes. The ship's crew consisted of 23 officers, non-commissioned officers and sailors.

Service

"Storm" was admitted to the Royal Navy in 1898. In 1940, the worn-out engine allowed the vessel to reach a speed of about 17.5 knots. At the time of Germany's attack on Norway, it was part of the 4th torpedo squadron, stationed in Bergen. The ship's commander was Lieutenant Pettersen. On the night of 8/9 April 1940, "Storm" was patrolling near Bergen and detected a German landing team heading for the port, headed by the cruisers "Köln" and "Königsberg". He did not have time to attack the cruisers that had already passed, but at 2:20 am fired one torpedo at a further unit, probably the base ship Carl Peters. The attack, however, was not effective - the torpedo probably passed in front of a slower target (the torpedo was later found, with a damaged warhead). The S21 and S24 torpedo boats set off towards the torpedo boat, but the Storm managed to hide between the islands, sailing at maximum speed. Later that night, he found no opponent. After the enemy occupied Bergen, the unit retreated to the Hardangerfjord together with other surviving Norwegian ships. On April 13, 1940, the "Storm" first ran aground near Bømlo, and then was destroyed by the German air force.

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