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M 27


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Service Data

In Service: 10 February 1941 to 11 August 1944

Production Data

Builder: HC Stülcken Sohn, Hamburg
Construction No: 743
Laid down:
Launched: 20 November 1940
Commissioned: 10 February 1941

Technical Data

Type: 1938 Type Minesweeper/Minensuchboot
Class: M 25 Class

Displacement: 713 tons standard 908 tons full load
Length: 71 m
Beam: 9.2 m
Draft: 2.12 m
Propulsion: 2 × Lentz uniform expansion engines producing up to 3,200 shp
Propellers: 2 × Voith-Schneider
Speed: 18.1 knots
Range: 5,000 nautical miles at 10 knots
Crew: 90 men and officers
2 × 10.5 cm L/45
carried 480 rounds
3 × 2 cm MG L/65 C/30
carried 6000 rounds
30 mines
Armour 10 mm
Operators: Kriegsmarine

Other: Minesweepers


The M 27 Minesweeper (Minensuchboot) was built in the 1940s by HC Stülcken Sohn 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 thirteen watertight compartments and a double bottom. 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 8. Minensuchflottille during World War II.


11 February 1941
The Minesweeper M 27 is commissioned.

The Minesweeper M 27 becomes operational with the 8. Minensuchflottille.

11 August 1944
The Minesweeper M 27 is sunk, after hitting a mine, at 1955 hrs, in the Gironde estuary.
Position 45° 15N 00° 44' 6W, 41 crew lost.



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