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M1 minesweepers (1916/1922)


Ships


Name No Yard No Builder Laid down Launched Comp Fate
M1 (ex-M48), 1936- Bathurst 1936- A1 370 Neptun, Rostock, Germany   9.9.1916 10.1916 // 1.1922 stricken 12.1946
M2 (ex-M51), 1936- Fournier 1936- A2 386 Seebeck, Geestemünde, Germany   10.9.1916 10.1916 // 1.1922 stricken 4.1937
M3 (ex-M52), 1936- Jorge 1936- A3 387 Seebeck, Geestemünde, Germany   22.11.1916 11.1916 // 1.1922 stricken 8.1946
M4 (ex-M53), 1936- King, 11.1941- Teniente de la Sota 1936- A4 388 Seebeck, Geestemünde, Germany   22.11.1916 12.1916 // 1.1922 stricken 7.1937, torpedo TS Teniente de la Sota 11.1941, stricken 12.1946


Technical data


Displacement standard, t

M1: 486

M2 - 4: 476

Displacement full, t

M1: 513

M2 - 4: 503

Length, m

M1: 56.0 wl 58.3 oa

M2 - 4: 55.0 wl 58.2 oa

Breadth, m

M1: 7.33

M2 - 4: 7.30

Draught, m

2.25

No of shafts

2

Machinery

2 VTE, 2 Marine boilers

Power, h. p.

M1: 1800

M2 - 4: 1890

Max speed, kts

M1: 16.3

M2 - 4: 16.5

Fuel, t

coal 115

Endurance, nm(kts)2000(14)
Armament

3 x 1 - 76/46 Maxim-Nordenfelt 14pdr 18cwt, 30 mines, mechanical minesweeping gear

Complement

40



Standard scale images


<i>M1</i> 1922
M1 1922
<i>Bathurst </i>1940
Bathurst 1940


Project history

In 1921-1922 Argentina has bought in Germany 10 minesweepers. M48, 51-53 concerned to type 1915 and in Argentina Navy received numbers M1-4; and M74, 79, 80, 90, 101, 105 were of type 1916 and some time after purchase were called Meta, Melitta, Margot, Marianne, Margarita, Mecha, but soon received numbers M5-10.

Modernizations

1927, M1; 1929, M4: boilers were converted to oil fuel (115t of oil, 1800hp, 16.5kts, 2000(14)nm)

Naval service

 Fournier was stricken in 1937 and were used as hulk. King was stricken 27.7.1937, but in November, 1941 commissioned again as torpedo drill vessel Teniente de la Sota. Murature in 1938 was re-rated to dispatch vessel, renamed Cormoran, since 1940 on present time she is preserved as museum. Remaining ships in 1940 re-classified to avisos.

Many thanks to Wolfgang Stöhr for additional information on this page.