2x 76mm Fast firing automatic cannons
4x 2x2 45.7cm double torpedocannons
1x 76mm Fast firing automatic cannons
1x 20mm Oerlicon cannon
4x 2x2 45.7cm double torpedocannons
Displacement: 256 Ton
Crew: 33 men
Eigne: Oil fired steam engine
Power: 3.600 IHK
Speed: 25 Knots
1940: Sunk by German aircraft in Åndalsnesfjorden 25 April
1940: Raised, repaired and incorporated into the German Navy on 1 August as V 5501 Zick
1944: Sunk by British aircraft in the Hjeltefjord near Bergen 23 October
The torpedoes are either a Norwegian made or a whitehead, specs and history about the torpedoes are really hard to find. the Norwegian made and modified especially because the Torpedo factory in Horten was bombed by allied forces during the early stage of the war, and therefor unfortenalty most history and data lost
The hull of Trygg was built in Moss, while completion of the vessel was carried out in Horten. At the outbreak of war in Norway in 1940, Trygg was at the workshop in Ålesund for repairs. When the message about the German invasion was received, the work on preparing the ship was accelerated, and in the evening the torpedo boat was ready for departure. In the afternoon on 10 April, Tryggtil Molde arrived. On 12 April, TRYGG, together with two other Norwegian warships, took part in bringing up two German vessels. These were the transport ship RUHRORT and the trawler THURINGEN of 1,000 and 500 tonnes respectively. After patrol duty in the Romsdalsfjorden, Trygg lay in Åndalsnes on 25 April. Early in the morning, German planes began an intense bombing of the place, and a total of 14-16 bombs were dropped on Trygg. Most went into the sea, but one bomb hit the stern deck. This went through the deck and the vessel’s bottom without exploding, but water entered the vessel, which began to sink. By all means, Trygg was moored to the dock so as not to go down. During the night, the crew succeeded in landing both the anti-aircraft cannon, large quantities of ammunition, radio receivers and all provisions. After the Germans continued the bombing of the quays the next day (26 April), TRYGG slipped more and more into the sea, and finally the vessel overturned to starboard and sank in shallow water. Trygg was later raised by the Germans, repaired in Ålesund and incorporated into the German navy under the name ZICK.
In 1944 ZICK, which in German service was classified as “Vorpostenboot”, was attacked and sunk by British aircraft in the Hjeltefjord outside Bergen.
Large torpedo boats - the interwar period
Due to the harsh stresses, most of the aging torpedo boats should probably have been replaced after the war. But we had a fair number of vessels, and the will to maintain such a strong navy in peacetime was limited. At 256 tonnes, they were more than twice as big as we were still able to realize our old dreams right after the war. The idea was that they should have steam - but in the case of large torpedo boats, this is probably not due to turbines, but because of the war, it was first and foremost necessary that the politicians divided the Navy’s perception of this need. It was due, with oil-fired boilers, which, as far as we understand, together gave extraordinary grants. the vessels 3600 HP. The machinery revolutions from 1914, which, due to the war, were not initially set so high that the vessels could almost previously be used for new construction. shaken to pieces, but even after a downward adjustment However, from 1919 to 1921 three to 410 revolutions per minute were now launched, they achieved large and long-awaited torpedo boats. With its an acceptable speed of 25 knots. The furniture was also greatly improved. Two twin torpedo tubes, with new 45 cm torpedoes, and two 76 mm guns made up the equipment.
In 1920, the ten oldest 2nd-class boats were sensibly decommissioned, and between 1927 and 1931 a further nine were converted from torpedo boats to guard boats or minesweepers. Of the ten 1st class boats, two were lost quite early on, and after 1931 only the best six were kept. Trygg was the first of the large torpedo boats to take part in the exercises in 1921, along with three of each of the other torpedo boat classes. This pattern remained largely until 1925, when none of the smaller ones were practiced, but all three large torpedo boats at the same time. Together with the minesweeper Frøya, they then formed a torpedo division. This remained the case for a few more years, but from around 1930 the number of torpedo vessels on practice became fewer and fewer, and in order to save money it was chosen in certain years to only practice the smaller torpedo boats. As a small apropos, it can be mentioned that during the Prohibition period in 1922, Kjell was used to hunt smugglers, in the interest of the nation. Over a 20-day period, they took around 1,500 liters of alcohol per day, and it earned a well-deserved reputation as the terror of smugglers.
Protection of neutrality and war
When the international tension rose in 1938-39, the Navy’s leaders simply had to realize that we were now far less equipped to defend ourselves than in 1914. The vessels were far fewer, most were 25 years older and they were poorly trained. To remedy the situation, part of the most important vessels, including the large torpedo boats, were already equipped in the autumn of 1939. Nine of the remaining torpedo boats were decided to be equipped on 28 August, while the last five were mobilized as a result of the neutrality regulations being adopted on 1 September. Up until 20 September, the rest of the laid-off naval vessels were mobilized and a number of guard boats were requisitioned, so that by the end of September we had 111 vessels under command. These were spread around the coast, connected to the three maritime defense districts, but with a relatively smaller proportion in the eastern region. The main task was to enforce the neutrality regulations with the main focus on the five defined war ports. The rapid transition from years in storage to intense active service was too great for some of the torpedo boats. The then lieutenant Kjeholt was thrown in as commander, first at Sild and later at Storm. In his diary, he describes the problems he experienced and how they had to improvise to solve them. The torpedo boats nevertheless again did their part of the tasks to the full, and they were also involved in some of the most famous episodes. The three large torpedo boats were often responsible for escorting foreign ships through their respective sectors, so also with the City of Flint in October. In
November there was another tense episode with the disguised German warship Westerwald. The torpedo boat Laks, with the later museum director Kleppe as commander, was sent to inspect, and later both Skrei and Snøgg supported the operation. However, after a meeting between Foreign Minister Koth and the German envoy Bräuer, Westerwald was allowed to leave Norwegian waters without being inspected. During the most famous and decisive episode with Altmark in February, the torpedo boat Kjell in particular had an active role. From there it was really only a matter of time for planning before the German attack came.
During the attack and the upcoming battles in Norway, some 2nd-class boats were surrendered without a fight, while others were only taken over, sunk or self-sunk after being actively involved in combat. Ravn was exposed to air attack at Lyngør, but managed to shoot down a plane before they wisely chose to sink their own vessel. Grib and Jo suffered a similar fate, and Teist also lasted a few days before being sunk by its own crew. The torpedo boats of the first class had somewhat better conditions. Storm, with the young Thorleif Pettersen as commander, managed to attack the enemy with torpedoes outside Bergen, but a little later they ran aground and sank. Otherwise, only Sæl was in active combat and several of the boats later ended up in German service. Of the large torpedo boats, Snøgg did not fare much better, which was taken over by the Germans in early May just before it was to be transferred to Great Britain. Stegg managed to take two German ships as prizes in Vestlandet before it sank after a battle against the artillery ship Bremse. Trygg was involved in the events on the Mørekysten. It also managed to bring up two German vessels, before it was hit by several aerial bombs at the end of April and sank at the quay in Ålesund. Thus our entire once large torpedo boat armament was completely obliterated, but as we shall tell about later; the torpedo boat came back strong.
Of course, the large torpedo boats also received more powerful protection with their two double rotatable torpedo guns as well as two 76 mm guns. (336793365-189978220418999-3730673664687691949-n hosted at ImgBB — ImgBB)
With their 256 tons, the three new “big” torpedo boats from 1920 were more than twice as big as the old ones. The model of Trygg is built in scale 1:50 by Dagfinn Andresen. (336787803-753833952926067-5655432445439885299-n hosted at ImgBB — ImgBB)
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Pictures: trygg stor torpedo — ImgBB
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