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BOARD GUARD SHIPS

ZHEMCHUG board guard ships (project 43) (1936-1937)

Rubin 1943

Name No Builder Laid down Launched Comm Fate
-301 <PSK-301 Zhemchug> 27 190 Yd, Leningrad 6/1934 11/1935 12/1937 to Navy 6/1941, sunk 11/8/1943
-302 <PSK-302 Rubin>, 3/1955- <Kushum> 28 190 Yd, Leningrad 11/1934 18/8/1935 12/1936 to Navy 6/1941, Board Guard 1946, to Navy as dispatch vessel 3/1955, stricken 6/1960
-303 <PSK-303 Brilliant> 29 190 Yd, Leningrad 10/1934 5/11/1935 6/1937 to Navy 6/1941, sunk 23/9/1944
-304 <PSK-304 Sapfir>, 3/1955- <Vizim> 30 190 Yd, Leningrad 12/1934 20/12/1935 12/1937 to Navy 6/1941, Board Guard 1946, to Navy as dispatch vessel 3/1955, stricken 2/1959

 

Displacement standard, t

424

Displacement full, t

580

Length, m

62.0

Breadth, m

7.20

Draught, m

3.00

No of shafts

2

Machinery

diesels

Power, h. p.

2200

Max speed, kts

17.2

Fuel, t

diesel oil 75

Endurance, nm(kts) 3500(13)

Armament

1 x 1 - 102/60, 2 x 1 - 45/43 21K, 2 x 1 - 12.7/79, 2 DCT (20), 31 mines

Complement

61

   

Ship project history: Guard ships on the basis of Fugas class minesweeper.
   

Modernizations: 1942, all: + 1 x 1 - 37/63 70K.

1943 - 1944, all survived: - 2 x 1 - 45/43; + 2 x 1 - 37/63 70K, 4 x 1 - 12.7/79

Naval service: Zhemchug 11/8/1941 was torpedoed by German submarine U451 at Cape Kanin Nos. Brilliant 12/5/1942 was sunk by German aircraft at Iokanga; raised 25/9/1942, repaired and in June, 1944 commissioned again; 23/9/1944 she was sunk by German submarine U957 in Kara Sea.

    Rubin and Sapfir after war were returned to Board Guard, but in March, 1955 transferred to the Navy and 31/5/1955 renamed Kushum and Vizim respectively. They were stricken in 1959-1960.

Ivan Gogin, 2009-14