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FRENCH NAVY (FRANCE)

CONVERTED MERCHANT SHIPS

ex-Russian icebreakers converted to minelayers

Pollux 1939

Castor 1940

Name

Launched // Comm.

Builder

Tonnage, BRT

Dimensions, m

(length pp)

Speed, kts

Engine, Power hp

Armament

Fate

Castor (ex-Козьма Минин <Koz`ma Minin> 1916 // 1929 Swan Hunter, Wallsend, UK 3150 / 4576 t 75.2x17.3x6.4 14 3 VTE, 6 cylindrical boilers, 6400 coal 686 4 x 1 - 100/45, 2 x 1 - 37, 268 mines paid off 1940
Pollux (ex-Илья Муромец <Ilya Muromets> 1917 // 1929 Swan Hunter, Wallsend, UK 2463 t 64.2x15.5x6.0 14 2 VTE, 6 cylindrical boilers, 4000 coal 367 4 x 1 - 100/45, 2 x 1 - 37, 236 mines captured by UK 3/7/1940, returned 7/1946, hulk 1950

Ship project history: Ex-Russian icebreakers, escaped from Russia to Bizerte under Wrangel command in 1922 and transferred to French Navy as payment of basing of White Russian squadron. Both were converted to minelayers in 1928-1929.

Modernizations: None.

Naval service: Castor was paid off at Bizerte after armistice, captured by Germans 8/12/1942 and scuttled there 6/5/1943. Pollux was captured by British 3/7/1940, served as TS and returned after war.

Castor

Pollux

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