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|Tonnage||1407 tons standard displacement
|Dimensions||246'9' by 36'9" by 10'10"
75.2m by 11.2m by 3.3m
|Maximum speed||15.5 knots|
|Armament||2 4.7"/50 guns
2x2 40mm Bofors AA guns
4x1 0.50 machine guns
||2-shaft triple expansion (2200
2 Yarrow 3-drum boilers
|Bunkerage||740 tons fuel oil|
|Range||4500 nautical miles (8300 km) at 20 knots|
Radar, which was upgraded periodically.
The 40mm Bofors were removed by the British
for study and replaced with 1x4 40mm pom-poms.
The Willem van der Zaan was completed in 1939 and was in most respects a quite modern ship, though her machinery appeared somewhat obsolescent. In addition to her crew, she could carry 40 midshipmen for training cruises. She escaped from Holland to England in 1940 and gave the British their first demonstration of the 40mm Bofors. She carried a seaplane but had no catapult. At the outbreak of war, she was at Lingga Roads off Singapore. Though already in poor repair when war broke out, with leaking boiler tubes, she survived the war.
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