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ROYAL NAVY - UNITED KINGDOM

MINE WARFARE SHIPS

"M" small minelayers (1939 - 1944)

Gossamer 1955

Miner III 1963

Name No Builder Laid down Launched Comp Fate
M1, 1942 - Miner I, 1962 - Minstrel N11 Philip, Dartmouth 11/1938 6/7/1939 10/1939 sold 1967
M2, 1942 - Miner II, 1949 - Gossamer N12 Philip, Dartmouth 12/1938 18/8/1939 1/1940 sunk as target 18/3/1970
M3, 1942 - Miner III N13 Philip, Dartmouth 1/1939 16/11/1939 3/1940 sold 1972
M4, 1942 - Miner IV N14 Philip, Dartmouth 2/1940 6/8/1940 11/1940 BU 5/1964
M5, 1942 - Miner V, 1960 - Britannic N15 Philip, Dartmouth 4/1940 2/11/1940 6/1941 sunk as target 6/6/1970
Miner VI (ex-M6), 1966 - Minor Eagle N16 Philip, Dartmouth 4/1941 7/2/1942 5/1942 sold 1976
M7   Philip, Dartmouth // Singapore 1941 --- --- cancelled
Miner VII (ex-M7), 1959 - Steady N17 Philip, Dartmouth 3/1943 29/1/1944 3/1944 sold 1981
Miner VIII (ex-M8), 1963 - Mindful N18 Philip, Dartmouth 3/1942 24/3/1943 5/1943 sold 1965

 

Displacement standard, t

275

Displacement full, t

346

Length, m

33.6

Breadth, m

8.08

Draught, m

2.40

No of shafts

2

Machinery

Ruston / Hornsby diesels

Power, h. p.

360

Max speed, kts

10

Fuel, t

diesel oil

Armament

M1 - 5: 2 x 1 - 7.7/87, 10 mines

M6, 7, Miner VII, VIII: 1 x 1 - 20/70 Oerlikon Mk II/IV, 2 x 1 - 7.7/87, 10 mines

Sensors presumably Miner VII, VIII: type 286 radar

Complement

32

Ship project history: Small purpose-built minelayers.

Modernizations: 1942, Miner I - V: + 1 x 1 - 20/70 Oerlikon Mk II/IV.

Naval service: M7 was scuttled incomplete at Singapore in 2/1942.

Miner VII 1946

Ivan Gogin, 2008-10