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KRIEGSMARINE MINESWEEPERS 1915, 1916
(Minensuchboote 1915, 1916)

1916 Minesweepers
A pair of 1916 type minesweepers on patrol.

Most of these boats were used as tenders and training ships in the 1930s. However, because of the short number of modern minesweepers at the outbreak of the war, the old minesweepers were again fitted to operate in their original role. In October 1940, the first digit of their former pennant was replaced with a "5" in order to differenciate them from the modern 1935 boats. Thus, M108 became M508, M109 became M509, and so on.

TECHNICAL DATA

Displacement: Standard 515 mt, full load 690 mt.

Dimensions: Waterline length 56.1 m, overall length 59 m, beam 8.25 m, maximum draft 2.5 m, depth: 3.5 m.

Armament: 2 x 10.5cm/L45, up to 6 x 2cm.

Propulsion plant: 2 Marine boilers, 2 expansion engines, 1,850 hp.

Speed: 15-16 knots.

Endurance: 2,000 nm at 14 knots.

Coal capacity: 130 mt.

Crew: 60.

Type 1915
Name Builder Launched Commd. Fate
M28
(redesignated M528)
A. G. Neptun
Rostock
06.06.1916 24.06.1916 To Britain 1945
M50
(redesignated M550)
G. Seebeck,
Geestemünde
19.08.1916 19.09.1916
26.11.1937 as TS
Sunk in English Channel
15.06.1944

Type 1916
Name Builder Launched Commd. Fate
M60
(redesignated M560)
G. Seebeck,
Geestemünde
28.11.1917 15.01.1918
29.08.1938 as FT
To USSR 1945
M61 G. Seebeck,
Geestemünde
13.04.1918 20.04.1918 Mined off Hook of Holland
26.07.1940
M66
(redesignated M566)
Tecklenborg, Geestemünde 02.06.1917 01.07.1917 GMSA until 1947
M72
(redesignated M572)
Bremer Vulkan AG,
Bremen
20.02.1918 24.04.1918 GMSA 1945
M75
(redesignated M575)
Tecklenborg, Geestemünde 21.07.1917 16.08.1917 Sunk in Øresund
02.03.1945
M81
(redesignated M581)
G. Seebeck,
Geestemünde
08.09.1919 13.10.1919 GMSA 1945
M82
(redesignated M582)
G. Seebeck,
Geestemünde
08.09.1919 08.11.1919
1938 as FT
To USA 1945
M84
(redesignated M584)
Atlaswerke, Bremen 10.10.1917 16.12.1917 Sunk in Kattegat
30.11.1944
M85 Nordseewerke, Emden 10.04.1918 03.08.1918 Mined 3 nm east of
Heisternest, Danzig Bay
01.10.1939
M89 J. C. Tecklenborg,
Geestemünde
11.12.1917 01.01.1918 Mined off Hook of Holland
26.07.1940
M98
(redesignated M598)
J. C. Tecklenborg,
Geestemünde
16.04.1918 07.05.1918 GMSA 1945
M102
(redesignated M502)
Atlaswerke, Bremen 31.05.1918 24.07.1918 GMSA 1945
M104
(redesignated M504)
A. G. Neptun
Rostock
27.04.1918 29.06.1818 Bombed in Kiel
09.04.1945
M107
(redesignated M507)
J. C. Tecklenborg,
Geestemünde
03.07.1918 30.07.1918
15.04.1939 as TS
Bombed in Boulogne
15.06.1944
M108
(redesignated M508)
Tecklenborg, Geestemünde 17.07.1918 10.08.1918 To USA 1945
M109
(redesignated M509)
J. C. Tecklenborg,
Geestemünde
07.08.1918 29.08.1918 GMSA 1945
M110
(redesignated M510)
J. C. Tecklenborg,
Geestemünde
27.08.1918 19.09.1918 GMSA 1945
M111
(redesignated M511)
J. C. Tecklenborg,
Geestemünde
17.09.1918 11.10.1918 Mined off Kolberg
03.11.1941
M113
(redesignated M513)
H. C. Stülcken Sohn,
Hamburg
27.05.1919 28.04.1920
08.10.1936 as UT
To USA 1945
M115
(redesignated M515)
Atlaswerke, Bremen 12.07.1918 19.09.1918 Mined 22.05.1944
M117
(redesignated M517)
Atlaswerke, Bremen 20.09.1918 1919 GMSA 1945
M122
(redesignated M520)
A. G. Neptun
Rostock
21.09.1918 27.02.1919 GMSA 1945
M126
(redesignated M526)
Flensburger Schiffbau-Gesellschaft,
Flensburg
21.12.1918 01.07.1919 GMSA 1945
M129
(redesignated M529)
Reiherstieg, Hamburg 15.01.1919 20.05.1919 Mined off Kolberg
02.12.1941
M130
(redesignated M530)
Reiherstieg, Hamburg 13.12.1919 29.07.1919 To USSR 1945
M132 Reiherstieg, Hamburg 14.01.1919 14.11.1919 Sunk in Lister Ley
13.11.1939
M133
(redesignated M533)
Frerichs & Co.,
Einswarden
1919 05.12.1919
24.08.1939 as TS
Sunk in English Channel
09.05.1942
M134
(redesignated M534)
Frerichs & Co.,
Einswarden
28.07.1919 12.03.1920 GMSA 1945
M135
(redesignated M535)
Frerichs & Co.,
Einswarden
15.03.1919 31.10.1919
02.01.1939 as FT
To USSR 1945
M136 Frerichs & Co.,
Einswarden
1919 29.08.1938 Mined off Hook of Holland
26.07.1940
M138
(redesignated M538)
J. C. Tecklenborg,
Geestemünde
17.02.1919 21.03.1919
05.03.1936 as TS
Bombed off Königsberg
1944
M145
(redesignated M545)
A. G. Neptun
Rostock
22.05.1919 20.06.1919 GMSA 1945
M146
(redesignated M546)
Flensburger Schiffbau-Gesellschaft,
Flensburg
21.12.1918 11.08.1919 Bombed in Boulogne
15.06.1944
M157
(redesignated M557)
Nordseewerke, Emden 09.04.1919 08.12.1919 Mined off Rügen
27.12.1941



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