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R-boat 1937-43 Type

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The R-boat 1937-43 Type (Räumboote) was designed as motor minesweepers and were continually developed from 1937 right up until 1943. These vessels were constructed by the following shipyards

Abeking & Rasmussen, Lemwerder
Burmester, Burg-Lesum
Burmester, Swinemünde
Schlichting-Werft, Travemünde

183, 1937-43 Type (Räumboote) were constructed during the course of the war. Many went on to serve in German Mine Sweeping Administration (GMSA) that was formed from former crew members and their vessels.

R271 construction commences on 9 February 1945 however work was not completed. Later broken up

R272 and R276 severely damaged due to Allied aircraft attacks, whilst under construction.

R278 through to R287 this series was not built.

R292 through to R300 construction contracts granted, construction cancelled due to the end of the war.

R425 through to R427 construction contracts granted, construction cancelled due to the end of the war.

R428 through to R473 construction contracts granted on 7 December 1943, construction cancelled, before work commenced.

R474 through to R498 construction contracts granted on 6 October 1944, construction cancelled, before work commenced.

R501 through to R525 construction contracts granted on 26 June 1944, construction cancelled, before work commenced.

R526 through to R545 construction contracts granted on 6 October 1944, construction cancelled, before work commenced.

Gallery

R28 R-boat
R29 R-boat
R34 R-boat
R38 R-boat
R162 R-boat
R178 R-boat
R187 R-boat
R199 R-boat
R201 R-boat
R212 R-boat

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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