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KAISERLICHE MARINE / REICHSMARINE / KRIEGSMARINE (GERMANY)

MINE WARFARE SHIPS

"1915" type minesweepers (1916)

M45 1918

Pelikan 1936

Brommy 1938

Name No Yard No Builder Laid down Launched Comp Fate
M27   363 Neptun, Rostock 1915 15/4/1916 5/1916 collision 11/8/1916
M28, 3/1929- Pelikan, 10/1940- M528   364 Neptun, Rostock 1915 6/5/1916 6/1916 test ship 3/1929, minesweeper 10/1940, surrendered 5/1945, sold 1947
M29   365 Neptun, Rostock 1915 27/5/1916 7/1916 stricken 10/1921
M30   366 Neptun, Rostock 1915 17/6/1916 8/1916 stricken 10/1921
M31   381 Seebeck, Geestemünde 1915 30/4/1916 6/1916 sunk 7/10/1917
M32   382 Seebeck, Geestemünde 1915 14/5/1916 6/1916 stricken 3/1920
M33   383 Seebeck, Geestemünde 1915 25/6/1916 7/1916 stricken 3/1920
M34   384 Seebeck, Geestemünde 1915 25/6/1916 8/1916 stricken 3/1920
M35   279 Tecklenborg, Geestemünde 1915 18/5/1916 6/1916 stricken 10/1921
M36   280 Tecklenborg, Geestemünde 1915 3/6/1916 7/1916 sunk 23/3/1918
M37   281 Tecklenborg, Geestemünde 1915 24/6/1916 8/1916 stricken 3/1920
M38   282 Tecklenborg, Geestemünde 1915 13/7/1916 8/1916 stricken 2/1922
M39   601 Vulcan, Bremen 1915 27/5/1916 7/1916 sunk 20/4/1918
M40   602 Vulcan, Bremen 1915 15/6/1916 8/1916 sunk 23/3/1918
M41   603 Vulcan, Bremen 1915 5/8/1916 9/1916 sunk 6/9/1918
M42, 5/1944- Nymphe   604 Vulcan, Bremen 1915 11/8/1916 9/1916 stricken 3/1920, mobilized by French navy 1939 (AD204), captured from France 1940, minelayer 5/1944, scuttled 4/1945
M43   141 Atlaswerke, Bremen 1915 7/5/1916 6/1916 stricken 10/1921
M44   142 Atlaswerke, Bremen 1915 4/6/1916 8/1916 stricken 10/1921
M45   367 Neptun, Rostock 1916 8/7/1916 8/1916 stricken 10/1921
M46   368 Neptun, Rostock 1916 19/8/1916 9/1916 stricken 12/1922
M47   369 Neptun, Rostock   19/8/1916 10/1916 sunk 8/6/1917
M48   370 Neptun, Rostock   9/9/1916 10/1916 stricken 9/1921, to Argentina (M1 Bathurst)
M49   371 Neptun, Rostock   30/9/1916 11/1916 sunk 7/5/1917
M50, 11/1937- Brommy, 10/1940- M550   385 Seebeck, Geestemünde   19/8/1916 9/1916 minesweeping boat depot ship 11/1937, minesweeper 10/1940, sunk 15/6/1944
M51   386 Seebeck, Geestemünde   10/9/1916 10/1916 stricken 9/1921, to Argentina (M2 Fourner)
M52   387 Seebeck, Geestemünde   22/11/1916 11/1916 stricken 9/1921, to Argentina (M3 Jorge)
M53   388 Seebeck, Geestemünde   22/11/1916 12/1916 stricken 9/1921, to Argentina (M4 King)
M54   605 Vulcan, Bremen   14/9/1916 10/1916 stricken 7/1921
M55   606 Vulcan, Bremen   7/10/1916 11/1916 wrecked 19/11/1917
M56   607 Vulcan, Bremen   4/11/1916 12/1916 sunk 9/2/1917

 

Displacement standard, t

M27 - 44: 480

M45 - 49, 54 - 56: 486

M50 - 53: 476

Displacement full, t

M27 - 44: 507

M45 - 49, 54 - 56: 513

M50 - 53: 503

Length, m

M27 - 44: 56.1 wl 58.4 oa

M45 - 49, 54 - 56: 56.0 wl 58.3 oa

M50 - 53: 55.0 wl 58.2 oa

Breadth, m

M27 - 44, 50 - 53: 7.30

M45 - 49, 54 - 56: 7.33

Draught, m

2.25

No of shafts

2

Machinery

2 VTE, 2 Marine boilers

Power, h. p.

M27 - 49, 54 - 56: 1800

M50 - 53: 1890

Max speed, kts

M27 - 44, 50 - 53: 16.5

M45 - 49, 54 - 56: 16.3

Fuel, t

coal 115

Endurance, nm(kts) 2000(14)

Armament

M27 - 42: 2 x 1 - 105/42 Tbts L/45 C/16, 30 mines, mechanical minesweeping gear

M43 - 56: 3 x 1 - 88/42 TK L/45 C/14, 30 mines, mechanical minesweeping gear

Complement

 

Ship project history: 1915 order. Further development of minesweepers of M1 class. Propulsive output and endurance were increased. Both boilers were installed in separated compartments.

Modernizations: Brommy, 11/1937: main engine was replaced by 2 MWM diesels (1440hp, 14kts)

M528, M550, 1940: were rearmed with artillery consisted of 1 x 1 - 105/42 Tbts L/45 C/16, (1 - 2) x 1 - 20/65 C/38

M528, M550, 1943: + 1 x 1 - 20/65 C/38

Nymphe, 1944: was presumably armed with 1 x 1 - 105/42 Tbts L/45 C/16, 3 x 1 - 20/65 C/38 guns.

Naval service: M27 was sunk 11/8/1916 as result of collision with German s/s Paranagua in Baltic sea; M31 was lost 7/10/1917 on mines at coast of Kurland. 36 was mined in the North Sea 23/3/1918, M39 was mined in the North Sea 20/4/1918, M40 was mined in the North Sea 23/3/1917, M41 was sunk by own mine 7/9/1918. M47 was mined in the North Sea 8/6/1917, M49 was mined in the North Sea 7/5/1917, 55 was badly damaged by gunfire of British ships, ran aground, salvaged and foundered under tow 19/11/1917 in the North Sea, M56 was mined in the North Sea 8/2/1917. After armistice M29, M30, M32, M33, M34, M35, M37, M38, M43 and M44 have sold on demolition (on conditions of the Versailles Treaty). M28 remained as part of German Navy till May, 1945. M42 has been sold to North German Lloyd. M48 was sold to private company which has transferred the ship to Argentina.

All survived ships of type 1915 to a beginning of WWII served as auxiliaries: Pelikan as tender; Brommy as minesweeper boat (R-boot) depot ship. In 1939-1940 they were reclassified as minesweepers with assignment of former numbers. In the end of 1940 numbering was changed with introduction of new numbers of 500th series.

M42 was sold to Norddeutscher Lloyd as Nymphe , later she was purchased by French private person as yacht La Nymphe and in 1939-1940 used by French Navy as auxiliary minesweeper AD204. Nymphe was requisitioned in 1944 and scuttled in April, 1945. M550 was sunk 15/6/1944 by British aircraft at Boulogne.

M39 1916

Ivan Gogin, 2008-14