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ARGENTINEAN NAVY (ARGENTINA)

MINE WARFARE SHIPS

M1 minesweepers (1916/1922)

M1 1922

Bathurst 1940

Name No Builder Laid down Launched Comp Fate
M1 (ex-M48), 1936- Bathurst 1936- A1 Neptun, Rostock, Germany   9/9/1916 10/1916 // 1/1922 stricken 12/1946
M2 (ex-M51), 1936- Fournier 1936- A2 Seebeck, Geestemünde, Germany   10/9/1916 10/1916 // 1/1922 stricken 4/1937
M3 (ex-M52), 1936- Jorge 1936- A3 Seebeck, Geestemünde, Germany   22/11/1916 11/1916 // 1/1922 stricken 8/1946
M4 (ex-M53), 1936- King, 11/1941- Teniente de la Sota 1936- A4 Seebeck, Geestemünde, Germany   22/11/1916 12/1916 // 1/1922 stricken 7/1937, torpedo TS Teniente de la Sota 11/1941, stricken 12/1946

 

Displacement standard, t

M1: 486

M2 - 4: 476

Displacement full, t

M1: 513

M2 - 4: 503

Length, m

M1: 56.0 wl 58.3 oa

M2 - 4: 55.0 wl 58.2 oa

Breadth, m

M1: 7.33

M2 - 4: 7.30

Draught, m

2.25

No of shafts

2

Machinery

VTE, 2 Marine boilers

Power, h. p.

M1: 1800

M2 - 4: 1890

Max speed, kts

M1: 16.3

M2 - 4: 16.5

Fuel, t

coal 115

Endurance, nm(kts) 2000(14)

Armament

3 x 1 - 76/46 Maxim-Nordenfelt 14pdr 18cwt, 30 mines, sweeps

Complement

40

Ship project history: In 1921-1922 Argentina has bought in Germany 10 minesweepers. M48, 51-53 concerned to type 1915 and in Argentina Navy received numbers M1-4; and M74, 79, 80, 90, 101, 105 were of type 1916 and some time after purchase were called Meta, Melitta, Margot, Marianne, Margarita, Mecha, but soon received numbers M5-10.

Modernizations: 1927, M1; 1929, M4: boilers were converted to oil fuel (115t of oil, 1800hp, 16.5kts, 2000(14)nm)

Naval service: Fournier was stricken in 1937 and were used as hulk. King was stricken 27/7/1937, but in November, 1941 commissioned again as torpedo drill vessel Teniente de la Sota. Murature in 1938 was re-rated to dispatch vessel, renamed Cormoran, since 1940 on present time she is preserved as museum. Remaining ships in 1940 re-classified to avisos.

Ivan Gogin, 2011-15