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MINE WARFARE SHIPS

mine destruction vessels of WWII

Corbrae as minesweeper depot ship 1942

Name Launched // Comm. Builder Tonnage, BRT Dimensions, m Speed, kts Machinery, Fuel, t Armament Fate
Andelle 14/12/1921 // 10/1940 Austin, Wear Dock 1832 79.2ppx11.4x 9 1VTE   miscellaneous vessel 1943
Borde 10/12/1920 // 10/1939 Crown, Monkwearmouth 2014 82.4ppx11.6x 9 1VTE 2 - 76/40, 2 - 40/39 miscellaneous vessel 4/1942
Burlington, 1940 -  Soothsayer, 1941 - Fairfax 21/9/1921 // 5/1940 Crown, Monkwearmouth 2068 82.4ppx11.6x 10 1VTE   collision 18/10/1943
Bushwood 17/3/1929 // 1940 Austin, Wear Dock 2314 86.3ppx12.7x 10 1VTE   degaussing vessel 1942
Corbrae 12/10/1935 // 3/1940 Burntisland SB 1788 78.3ppx12.0x 9 1VTE 8 - 20/70 repair ship 1944
Corburn 28/12/1935 // 2/1940 Burntisland SB 1786 78.3ppx12.0x 10 1VTE 8 - 20/70 sunk 21/5/1940
Corfield 11/6/1937 // 2/1940 Burntisland SB 1791 78.3ppx12.0x 10 1VTE   sunk 8/9/1941
Queenworth 16/9/1924 // 2/1940 Austin, Wear Dock 2047 83.8ppx12.2x 10.5 1VTE   sunk 9/5/1941
Springdale 5/8/1937 // 1940 Short, Pallion 1579 76.6ppx12.3x 10 1VTE 2 - 76/40 degaussing vessel 1941
Springtide 22/6/1937 // 1940 Short, Pallion 1579 76.6ppx12.3x 10 1VTE 2 - 76/40 degaussing vessel 1941

These vessels had 300-t electric magnet on bow to initiate German magnetic mines.

Name No Yard No Builder Laid down Launched Comp Fate
Cybele   1383 Denny, Dumbarton // Scotts, Greenock 9/1943 16/11/1943 5/1944 sold 1946
Cyrus   1709 Swan Hunter, Wallsend // Scotts, Greenock 9/1943 1/1944 5/1944 wrecked 12/1944

 

Displacement standard, t

3980

Displacement full, t

 

Length, m

106.7

Breadth, m

18.3

Draught, m

 

No of shafts

none

Machinery

none

Power, h. p.

none

Max speed, kts

none

Fuel, t

none

Armament

none
Sensors none

Complement

none in time of sweeping

These vessels were used as hydrodynamic sweeps.

Ship project history: Mine destruction vessels, used against magnetic mines. 300t electro-magnet was carried in the bows, but magnetic field was too near the ship and this system was superseded by much lighter and highly efficient LL-sweeps. Two specially built ships were ordered in September 1943 for use against German hydrodynamic pressure mines, they were non-self-propelled and operated under tow without a crew.

Modernizations: None.

Naval service: Fairfax was collided in 1943, later served as harbour ship and was broken in 1945. Corburn was mined off Le Havre 21/5/1940. Corfield was mined near Humber 8/9/1941. Queenworth was bombed off Outer Dowsing 9/5/1941.

Ivan Gogin, 2008-10