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FRENCH NAVY (FRANCE)

CONVERTED MERCHANT SHIPS

tugs converted to minelayers and minesweepers in WWII

more than 1000 BRT

Name

Launched // Comm.

Builder

Tonnage, BRT

Dimensions, m

(length pp)

Speed, kts

Engine, Power hp

Armament

Fate

Indéfatigable 1899 // 1939/40   1142         minelayer, captured by UK 3/7/1940

100 - 1000 BRT

Samson (1907, 660, minelayer 1939 - 29/5/1940), Robuste (1914, 235, minesweeper 1939 - ?/12/1942), Fracas (1917, 370, minesweeper 1939 - 1940), Canard (1918, 780, minesweeper 1939 - 13/11/1942), Pigeon (1917, 780, minesweeper 1939 - 9/11/1942), Sioux (1918, 336, minesweeper 1939 - 3/7/1940), Tourteau (1918, 360, minesweeper 1939 - 3/7/1940), Homard (1920, 360, minesweeper 1939 - ?/12/1942), Djebel Sannin (1931, 350, minesweeper 1939 - 12/1941), Estérel (1930, 333, minesweeper 1939 - 6/7/1940), Gabès (1931, 333, minesweeper 1939 - ?/12/1942), Kairouan (1931, 333, minesweeper 1939 - 1940?), Lamentin, 1944 - D71 (1931, 350, minesweeper 1939 - 1945), Sousse (1930, 333, minesweeper 1939 - ?/12/1942)

Ship project history: Tugs converted for service as mine warfare ships.

Modernizations: None.

Naval service: Indéfatigable was captured by British 3/7/1940.

Ivan Gogin, 2009-11