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KRIEGSMARINE (GERMANY)

MINE WARFARE SHIPS

M551 minesweepers (1940, 1937/1941)

M551 1944

Name Yard No Builder Laid down Launched Comp Fate
M551 (ex-Willem van Ewijk) 547 P. Smit, Rotterdam 1939 18/4/1940 8/1940 surrendered 5/1945, to Netherlands 8/1946 (Abraham van der Hulst)
M552 (ex-Pieter Florisz) 507 P. Smit, Rotterdam, Netherlands 11/1936 11/5/1937 9/1937 // 1941 surrendered 5/1945, to Netherlands 8/1946 (Pieter Florisz)
M553 (ex-Abraham van der Hulst) 715 Gusto, Schiedam, Netherlands 11/1936 31/5/1937 10/1937 // 1941 sunk 21/4/1944, salvaged, never repaired

 

Displacement standard, t

460

Displacement full, t

620

Length, m

55.8 wl 55.8 oa

Breadth, m

8.11

Draught, m

2.68 deep load

No of shafts

2

Machinery

VTE, 2 Yarrow boilers

Power, h. p.

1657

Max speed, kts

15.3

Fuel, t

oil 114

Endurance, nm(kts) 4700(11)

Armament

M551: 1 x 1 - 75/60 Bofors Mod.1928, sweeps

M552, 553: 3 x 1 - 20/65 C/38

Complement

59

Ship project history: Former Dutch minesweepers of Jan van Amstel class. Pieter Florisz and Abraham van der Hulst were scuttled 14/5/1940, salvaged by Germans and repaired. Willem van Ewijk was captured incomplete and completed for German fleet.

Modernizations: None.

Naval service: M553 was lost 29/4/1944 on a mine at N coasts of Germany, 20/7/1944 salvaged and towed off on repair to Gotenhaven, but 19/8/1944 stricken. M551 and M552 in 1945 were returned to the Netherlands.

M553

 

Ivan Gogin, 2008-14