1 June 1940 to 18 May 1946
15 November 1939
1 June 1940
1935/39 Type Minesweeper/Minensuchboot
M 1 Class
682 tons standard 874 tons full load
2 × Lentz uniform expansion engines
producing up to 3,200 shp
5,000 nautical miles at 10 knots
90 men and officers
2 × 10.5 cm L/45
carried 480 rounds
2 × 3.7 cm L/83 SK C/30
carried 3000 rounds
2 × 2 cm MG L/65 C/30
carried 4000 rounds
4 × 2 cm MG L/65 C/30 after 1942
carried 6000 rounds
The M 16 Minesweeper (Minensuchboot) was built in the 1930s
shipyard located in Hamburg, Germany
as a minesweeper or escort vessel for the Kriegsmarine.
Construction was longitudinal and ransverse frame of steel construction,
which was partly welded, this vessel also had twelve watertight
compartments and a double bottom. The superstructure, Bridge
etc was made from light alloys. The propulsion system installed
in these vessels was the two Lentz uniform expansion engines.
And when used as minesweepers the Kabel Fern Raum Gerät
(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 3. Minensuchflottille during World
1 June 1940
The Minesweeper M 16 is commissioned.
The Minesweeper M 16 becomes operational with the 3. Minensuchflottille.
4 November 1943
The Minesweeper M 16 is severely damaged after being attacked
by Allied aircraft at 1300 hrs in Kotka timber harbour.
The Minesweeper M 16 towed to Kiel, stricken from naval records.
20 March 1945
The Minesweeper M 16 is attacked again by Allied aircraft
18 May 1946
The Minesweeper M 16 is scuttled due to the severity of the
damage caused on previous attacks.
Position 58° 10N 10° 42E.
German Warships, 1815-1945: Major Surface Vessels.
German Warships, 1815-1945: U-boats and Mine Warfare Vessels.
German warships of the Second World War.
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