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CONVERTED MERCHANT VESSELS

WWII auxiliary minesweepers

more than 1000 BRT:

Name Launched // Comm. Builder Tonnage, BRT Dimensions, m Speed, kts Machinery, Fuel, t Armament Fate
Matai (RNZN) 11/6/1930 // 4/1941 Hawthorn Leslie, Hebburn 1050 66.7(pp)x10.7x 11 2VTE   returned 1946
Orara (RAN) J130 5/11/1907 // 10/1939 Scott of Kinghorn 1297 73.2(pp)x10.3x 15 1VTE   depot ship 1945
Raub 1926 // 9/1939 Taikoo, Hong Kong 1161 70.7(pp)x13.0x   2VTE   sunk 22/1/1942

100 - 1000 BRT:

Abeille 109 (1941 - 1946), Abeille 110 (1941 - 1946), Abeille 145 (1941 - 1946), Abeille 148 (1941 - 1946), Abeille 150 (1941 - 1946), Abeille 152 (1941 - 1946), Africana (SAN)(1930, 313, 1 - 76/40, 9/1939 - 4/1947), Aik Lam (1941, 155, 1941 - 1944), Alarm, 1/1942 - Alarm II (1919, 432, 1940 - 1946), Al Hathera (1927, 279, 1941 - 1945), Allenwood (RAN) (1920, 398, 9/1941 - 1945),  Andromeda (1910, 658, 1941 - 18/4/1942), Banka (1914, 623, 1940 - 10/12/1941), Bermagui (RAN) (1912, 402, 12/1939 - 7/1945), Bichgrove Park (RAN) (1930, 640, 8/1941 - 1946), Bombo (RAN) (1930, 540, 5/1941 - 1944), Breeze (RNZN) (1933, 622, 10/1942 - 1945), Burlington, 1940 - Soothsayer (1921, 2068, 5/1940 - 1944), Changteh (1914, 244, 4/1940 - 14/2/1942), Chinthe (1932, 668), Circe, 1942 - Medea (1942 - RAN) (1912, 778, 1 - 102, 11/1939 - 1946), Coolebar (RAN) (1911, 479, 12/1939 - 1944), Coombar (RAN) (1912, 581, 4/1941 - 1946), Couronne (1935, 227, 7/1940 - 1943), Doomba (RAN) (1919, 750, 1 - 102/45, 1 - 40/56, 9/1939 - 2/1947), Duchess (RNZN) (1897, 314, 6/1940 - 1/1944), Fuh Wo (1922, 953, 6/1940 - ?/3/1942), Gale (RNZN) (1935, 622, 4/1941 - 10/1944), Gaston Rivier (315, 8/1941 - 1946), Gunbar (RAN) (1911, 501, 12/1940 - 1943), Han Wo (1919, 248, 11/1940 - ?/?/1942), Hawera (RNZN) (1912, 188, 1942 - 1946), Hua Tong (1927, 280, 11/1939 - ?/2/1942), Indira (1918, 637, 4/1940 - 15/12/1941), Jarak (1927, 208, 1941 - 17/2/1942), Kapuni (RNZN) (1909, 190, 4/1941 - 1946), Kianga (RAN) (1922, 338, 9/1941 - 1946), Klias (1927, 207, 1/1941 - 15/2/1942), Malacca (1927, 211, 12/1939 - 18/2/1942), Marrawah (RAN) (1910, 472, 9/1941 - 9/1946, lent USN 12/1942 - 8/1945), Medusa, 1942 - Mercedes (RAN) (1913, 793, 11/1939 - 8/1946), Minnie Moller (1909, 377, 2/1940 - 31/12/1941), Muritai (RNZN) (1923, 462, 8/1940 - 1946), Nambucca (RAN) (1936, 489, 1/1940 - ?/12/1945, lent USN 1943 - 1945), Narani (RAN) (1914, 381, 12/1940 - 3/1946), Ndovu (1928, 279, 1941 - 1947), Nguvu (1925, 179, 9/1939 - 1943), Ocean Eagle (RCN) (1919, 420, 1941 - 1944), Paterson (RAN) (1920, 446, 1941 - 1946), Redcap (1910, 313, 1/1943 - 5/1944), Reo II (RCN) (1931, 129, 1941 - 1945), Rhu (1940, 254, 10/1941 - 15/2/1942), Ross Norman (RCN) (1937, 297, 1941 - 1944), St. Aubin (1918, 800, 2/1940 - 1943), St. Sampson (1919, 800, 2/1940 - 7/3/1942), Salvo (1918, 161, 1 - MG, 8/1939 - 11/1945), Sampson (1902, 191, 1941 - 1943), Satyavati (RIN) (1911, 295, 9/1939 - 1945), Scott Harley (1913, 620, 2/1941 - 3/3/1942), Scythe (1915, 100, 12/1939 - 1944), Shako (1913, 121, 8/1939 - 11/1945), Shun Wo (1917, 220, 10/1940 - ?/12/1941), Sin Aik Lee (1928, 198, 9/1939 - ?/2/1942), Slogan (1926, 110, 1 - MG, 11/1939 - 1943), Souvenir (1914, 120, 2 - MG, 1939 - 8/1944), Spray (RCN) (1907, 118, 1941 - 1945), Standard Coaster (RCN) (1927, 150, 5/1941 - 1944), Tambar (RAN) (1912, 456, 11/1939 - 1943),  Tanjore (RIN) (,, 6/1941 - ?/6/1942), Tapah (1926, 208, 9/1939 - 9/3/1942), Taurus, 1943 - Hyades (1931, 107, 1941 - 1945), Terka (RAN) (1925, 420, 1940 - 1944), Thasos (1897, 130, 5/1940 - 1943), Thomas J. Carroll (1937, 149, 11/1940 - 12/1945), Titan (1928, 574, 1940 - ?/2/1942), Tolga (RAN) (1925, 418, 12/1940 - 1944), Toorie (RAN) (1925, 414, 11/1940 - 1/1943), Tourteau (,, 9/1940 - 1942), Uki (RNZN) (1923, 545, 1 - 76/40, 10/1939 - 10/1944), Wairua (RNZN) (1913, 352, 1941 - 3/1945), Warrawee (RAN) (1909, 423, 12/1939 - 3/1946), William Messina (SAN) (1925, 120, 1942 - 1946), William Scoresby (1926, 326, 10/1939 - 1/1947), Wo Kwang (1927, 350, 3/1940 - ?/2/1942), Zerang (1938, 261, 9/1939 - 7/1944)

Ship project history: requisitioned merchant vessels used as minesweepers.

Modernizations: None.

Naval service:  Format of date including day/month/year means loss of the vessel. Format of date containing month/year means return to owner or conversion to miscellaneous vessel. There were many coasters, tugs and other vessels used as minesweepers with tonnage less than 100 BRT.

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Ivan Gogin, 2008-10