Career (Denmark)
Class and type: Merchant vessel
Name: Glengarry
Builder: Burmester & Wain, Copenhagen
Fate: Requisitioned by Kriegsmarine
Notes: Under construction when Denmark was occupied by Germany
Career (Nazi Germany)
Class and type: Auxiliary cruiser (1943), Training Ship (1944)
Name: Hansa
Builder: Wilton, RotterdamBlohm & Voss, Hamburg
Yard number: 5
Acquired: 1940
Commissioned: 12 February 1944
Renamed: Zielschiff Meersburg, Hansa
Nickname: HSK-5 (II)

Schiff 5[1]

Fate: Interned, 1945
Career (United Kingdom)
Class and type: Merchant vessel
Acquired: 1945
Fate: Scrapped 1971
General characteristics
Class and type: unclassed auxiliary cruiser
Displacement: 19,200 tons (9,138 gross register tons (GRT))
Length: 153 m (502 ft)
Beam: 20.1 m (66 ft)
Draft: 8.7 m (29 ft)
Speed: 20.5 knots (38.0 km/h)
Range: 65,000 nautical miles (120,000 km; 75,000 mi) at 15 knots (28 km/h)
Complement: 400 men (plus 400 cadets as a cadet training ship)
Armament: 8× 150 mm guns (8x1)[2]1× 105mm/45 caliber[2]gun6×37mm[2]AA guns

36×20 mm AA guns (2x4, 28x1)[2]

Aircraft carried: One

The Hansa was a German auxiliary cruiser of the Kriegsmarine used during World War II.

She was known to the KM as HSK 5(II) (i.e., the second of that designation; the first was Pinguin), or also as Schiff 5. She was not given a raider letter by the Royal Navy as she did not enter active service as a commerce raider. The last German vessel to be converted into an auxiliary cruiser, the Hansa was named after the Hanseatic League.


[hide] *1 History


Hansa was originally conceived as the cargo ship Glengarry. She was taken over by the Germans during the occupation of Denmark, while under construction at Burmeister & Wain in Copenhagen. She was temporary renamed Zielschiff Meersburg and served as a target ship for the 27th U-boat flotilla.

In the winter of 1942/43, she was sent to the Wilton shipyard in Rotterdam, and later to Blohm & Voss, Hamburg, where she was converted into an auxiliary cruiser. She bore the designation HSK 5(II), reflecting the number of the ship yard she was converted in.

De-commissioned as a Hilfskreuzer in February 1944 the ship became a Kadettenschulschiff (cadet training ship).

From September 1944 to May 1945 she participated in the Baltic Sea evacuations, transporting over 12,000 soldiers and civilians at a time.


On 20 May 1945 she sailed off to internment to Fehmarn. She was taken over by the British and sailed under different names until 1971 when she was scrapped.


  • Kapitän zur See Hans Henigst, from April 1943 to August 1943;
  • Kapitän zur See Fritz Schwoerer, from February 1944 to May 1945.


  1. ^ Ward, Ian, ed. The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Weapons and Warfare (London: Phoebus, 1978), Volume 11, p.1217, "Hansa".
  2. ^ a b c d Ward, p.1217.


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