M-601 (Germany)

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D. v. Nieuwenhuijzen
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M-601 (Germany)

Post by D. v. Nieuwenhuijzen » Sun Jun 19, 2016 6:48 pm

Builder: AG Neptun, Rostock, # 535
Launched: 31 August 1944
Commissioned: 22 November 1944

Type: 1943 Type Minesweeper/Minensuchboot
Class: M 601 Class
Displacement: 582 tons standard 821 tons full load
Length: 67.75 m. Beam: 9 m. Draft: 2.68 m.
Propulsion: 2 Marine boilers, 2 vertical 3 cylinder triple expansion engines producing up to 2,150 shp
Propellers: 2, Speed: 17 kn.
Range: 4,000 nautical miles at 10 knots
Crew: 101 men and officers
Bunkers:136 tons of coal.
2 × 10.5 cm L/45
carried 300 rounds
2 × 3.7 cm L/83 SK C/30
carried 4000 rounds
8 × 2 cm MG L/65 C/30
carried 16000 rounds
1 × 7.3 cm Föhn rocket launcher
24 mines.
Operators: Kriegsmarine.

The M 601 Minesweeper (Minensuchboot) was built in the 1940s by AG Neptun shipyard located in Rostock, Germany as a minesweeper or escort vessel for the Kriegsmarine.

These minesweepers were constructed out of seven prefabricated units and transported to the shipyards by rail for final assembly. However basic construction was similar to previous minesweepers, transverse frame steel construction, which was partly welded, this vessel also had thirteen watertight compartments and a double bottom with hard chine bow and tug stern. The superstructure, Bridge etc was armored up to 10 mm in thickness. The propulsion system installed in these vessels was the two vertical three cylinder triple expansion engines. And when used as minesweepers the Kabel Fern Raum Gerat (KFRG) system was employed, which used generators producing 60 V, 20 kW to power the magnetic sweeping gear.

This vessel went on to serve in the 12. Minensuchflottille during World War II.

And after the surrender of Germany was employed in the German Mine Sweeping Administration (GMSA) which was controlled by the allies.

22 November 1944
The Minesweeper M 601 is commissioned.
The Minesweeper M 601 becomes operational with the 12. Minensuchflottille.
The Minesweeper M 601 is seized as a prize of war by the British.
The Minesweeper M 601 serves with the German Mine Sweeping Administration (GMSA).
The Minesweeper M 601 is broken up, and scrapped in Britain.
(Somaliland 2011, 1500 a. StG.?)
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