Barentsz-class repair ship

This ship, owned by the Koninklijke Paketvaart Mij, was commandeered for conversion as a repair ship in December 1941. Never fully rebuilt, but nevertheless performed her role. For her task, she was supplied with spare parts, heavy equipment and technical staff.

Barentsz at sea

Construction details
Name Barentsz
Dockyard Nederlandse Scheepsbouw Maatschappij, Amsterdam
Commissioned 1915 (mercantile service)
December 28, 1941 (R.N.N.)
Owner Koninklijke Paketvaart Maatschappij, Amsterdam

Displacement 4819 gross registered tons
Dimensions 116,84 x 14,81 x 6.9

Propulsion details
Machinery Reciprocating engine
Performance 3150 hp
Shafts 1
Max speed 11 knots


Commandeered by the RNN in December 1941 for rebuild as a repair ship. Commissioned as such on December 28, 1941, after which it sailed to Tjilatjap. Provided useful services to the ships present in that port, one of which was the damaged cruiser USS Marblehead in early February 1942. Burnt out after a Japanese air attack in Tjilatjap, March 5, 1942 (no casualties). Wreck was removed post-war.

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