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M 294

Minesweeper




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Service Data

In Service: 28 August 1944 to 1966

Production Data

Ordered:
Builder: Lindenau, Memel
Construction No:
Laid down:
Launched: 4 March 1944
Commissioned: 28 August 1944

Technical Data

Type: 1940 Type Minesweeper/Minensuchboot
Class: M 261 Class

Displacement: 543 tons standard 775 tons full load
Length: 62.3 m
Beam: 8.9 m
Draft: 2.82 m
Propulsion: 2 × vertical 3 cylinder triple expansion engines producing up to 2,150 shp
Propellers:
Speed: 17.2 knots
Range: 4,000 nautical miles at 10 knots
Crew: 65 men and officers
Armament:
1 × 10.5 cm L/45
carried 120 rounds
1 × 3.7 cm L/83 SK C/30
carried 2000 rounds
2 × 2 cm MG L/65 C/30
carried 4000 rounds
7 × 2 cm MG L/65 C/30 after 1941
carried 14000 rounds
30 mines
Armour 10 mm
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Electronics:
Operators: Kriegsmarine
Variants:

Other: Minesweepers
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History

The M 294 Minesweeper (Minensuchboot) was built in the 1940s by Lindenau shipyard located in Memel, Germany as a minesweeper or escort vessel for the Kriegsmarine.

Construction was transverse frame of steel construction, which was partly welded, this vessel also had eleven watertight compartments and a double bottom with hard chine foreship and tug stern. The superstructure, Bridge etc was armored up to 10 mm in thickness. The propulsion system installed in these vessels was the two vertical three cylinder triple expansion engines. And when used as minesweepers the Kabel Fern Raum Gerat (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 25. Minensuchflottille during World War II.

And after the surrender of Germany was employed in the German Mine Sweeping Administration (GMSA), Office of Military Government, United States (OMGUS) and the United States Labour Service Unit B (LSU-B) which were all controlled by the allies.

Career

28 August 1944
The Minesweeper M 294 is commissioned.

1944
The Minesweeper M 294 becomes operational with the 25. Minensuchflottille.

1945
The Minesweeper M 294 is seized as a prize of war by the USA.

1945
The Minesweeper M 294 serves with the German Mine Sweeping Administration (GMSA).

8 October 1947
The Minesweeper M 294 is transferred to the Office of Military Government, United States (OMGUS)

4 June 1948
The Minesweeper M 294 is transferred to Paulsen & Ivers of Kiel, for conversion as a motor ferry, however M 294 proved unsuitable for the purpose.

February 1951
The Minesweeper M 294 serves with the United States Labour Service Unit B (LSU-B) as the M 201.

30 August 1956
The M 201 is renamed to Seepferd whilst serving with the German Federal Navy (Bundesmarine).

11 February 1960
The Seepferd removed from active service and used as the accommodation vessel WBM VI.

1966
The WBM VI is broken up and scrapped.

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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

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