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The Minesweeper 1940 Type was a very good ship, it was complex and expensive to build so a simplified design was put into production in. A total of 134 ships were built. These vessels proved versatile and seaworthy but had a poor turning circle. These vessels were constructed by the following shipyards.

AG Neptun, Rostock
Atlas-Werke AG, Bremen
Elsflether Werk AG, Elsfleth
F. Schichau GmbH, Elbing
J & K Smit's Scheepswerven, Kinderdijk
Lindenau, Memel
Lübecker Maschinenbau Gesellschaft, Lübeck
N.V. Boele's Scheepswerfen & Maschinefabriek, Bolnes
N.V. Dok & Werf Mij Wilton-Fijenoord, Schiedam
N.V. Koninklijke Mij. "De Schelde", Vlissingen
N.V. L. Smit & Zoon Scheeps-en Werktuig Bouw, Kinderdijk
N.V. Maschinefabriken & Scheepswerf van P. Smit Jr, Rotterdam
N.V. Nederlandse Dok & Scheepsbouw Mij, Amsterdam
N.V. Scheepsbouwerf Gebroeders Pot, Bolnes
N.V. Werf Gusto Firma v/h A.F. Smulders, Schiedam
Nederlandse Scheepsbouw Mij, Amsterdam
Rickmers Werft AG, Wesermünde
Rotterdamsche Droogdok Mij, Rotterdam
Schiffbau Gesellschaft Unterweser AG, Lehe
Stettiner Oderwerke AG, Stettin
v.d. Giessen & Zonens Scheepwerfen, Krimpen a/d Ijssel
Verschure & Co's Scheepswerf & Maschinefabrik, Amsterdam

M 268 through to M 270 construction contracts not granted.

M 281 through to M 290 construction contracts not granted.

M 297 scuttled shortly after construction had been started.

M 298 through to M 300 construction contracts not granted.

M 308 through to M 320 construction contracts not granted.

M 331 through to M 340 construction contracts not granted.

M 349 through to M 360 construction contracts not granted.

M 379 through to M 380 scuttled whilst being built in 1945.

M 390 through to M 400 construction contracts not granted.

M 409 through to M 410 construction contracts not granted.

M 417 through to M 420 construction contracts not granted.

M 429 through to M 430 construction contracts not granted.

M 439 through to M 440 construction contracts not granted.

M 447 through to M 450 construction contracts not granted.

M 457 through to M 458 construction contracts not granted.

M 464 through to M 466 construction contracts not granted.

M 472 through to M 474 construction contracts not granted.

M 477 through to M 482 construction contracts not granted.

M 487 through to M 488 construction contracts not granted.

M 490 through to M 494 construction contracts not granted.

M 497 through to M 501 construction contracts not granted.

Many went on to serve in German Mine Sweeping Administration (GMSA), the United States Labour Service (LSU) and the Office of Military Government, United States (OMGUS). Several boats were transferred back to the post-war German Federal Navy (Bundesmarine) in 1956.

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Sources

German Warships, 1815-1945: Major Surface Vessels.
ISBN-10: 0851775330

German Warships, 1815-1945: U-boats and Mine Warfare Vessels.
ISBN-10: 155750301X

German warships of the Second World War.
ISBN-10: 0668040378

For a complete list of sources
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