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105 ft Motor Minesweeper
|Displacement:||240–250 long tons (244–254 t)|
|Length:||105 ft (32 m) p/p
119 ft (36 m) o/a
|Beam:||23 ft (7.0 m)|
|Draught:||9 ft 6 in (2.90 m)|
|Propulsion:||Diesel engine, 375–425 bhp (280–317 kW)|
|Speed:||12 knots (14 mph; 22 km/h)|
|Armament:||• 2 × 20 mm AA guns
• 2 × machine guns
The coastal minesweepers had pennant numbers MMS1 to MMS312 and MMS1001 to MMS1090. They were nicknamed ‘Mickey Mouse’.
Although the Motor Minesweepers lacked the power to tow sweeps for contact mines they were suitable for handling equipment for combating magnetic mines and some later models were fitted with an acoustic hammer on a retractable "A" frame over the bows for countering acoustic mines.
The Motor Minesweepers had limited use post-war so they were quickly disposed of.
- Minesweeper, The Role of the Motor Minesweepers in World War II, Michael J Melvin ISBN 1-872017-57-6