M-class minesweeper (Netherlands)
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HNLMS M 1
|Length:||30 m (98 ft 5 in) (approx.)|
|Armament:||2 x 12.7 mm machine guns|
The Navy converted four tugboats into minesweepers. These ships had been built by three different shipyards; Van der Kuyk & Ree in Rotterdam, Fa. Koopman in Dordrecht, and J & A van der Schuyt in Papendrecht.
All M class minesweepers were still in service during the Second World War, but none of them was able to escape to the United Kingdom; three of the four ships fell in German hands (M 3 was scuttled). After the war M 1 and M 4 were returned to the Netherlands, and re-entered service as tugboats.
Ships in class
- Netherlandsnavy.nl :: M class minesweepers (English)
- Mark, C. Schepen van de Koninklijke Marine in W.O. II Alkmaar: De Alk bv, 1997: 106-116