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R102

R-boat




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Service Data

In Service: 1942 to 15 September 1953

Production Data

Ordered:
Builder: Abeking & Rasmussen, Lemwerder
Construction No: 3521
Laid down:
Launched: 23 May 1942
Commissioned: 1942

Technical Data

Type: 1936-42 Type R-boat/Räumboot
Class: R21 Class

Displacement: tons standard 135 tons full load
Length: 37.6 m
Beam: 5.82 m
Draft: 1.51 m
Propulsion: 2 × MWM 6 × cylinder 4 stroke diesel engines producing up to 1,800 ehp
Propellers: 2 × Voith-Schneider
Speed: 20 knots
Range: 900 nautical miles at 15 knots
Crew: 38 men and officers
Armament:
6 × 2 cm MG L/65 C/30
carried 6000 rounds
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Operators: Kriegsmarine
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History

The R102 R-boat (Räumboot) was built in the 1940s by Abeking & Rasmussen shipyard located in Lemwerder, Germany as a minesweeper or escort vessel for the Kriegsmarine.

And which served in the 17. Räumbootsflottille during the Second World War.

And after the capitulation of the Third Reich was employed in the German Mine Sweeping Administration (GMSA) which was controlled by the allies.

Career

1942
The R-boat R102 is commissioned.

1944
The R-boat R102 becomes operational with the 17. Räumbootsflottille.

1945
The R-boat R102 serves with the German Mine Sweeping Administration (GMSA).

26 November 1947
The R-boat R102 is seized as a prize of war by the USA.

16 June 1948
The R-boat R102 is sold to Nord Taucherbetriebe of Lübeck as an accommodation vessel.

10 September 1949
The R-boat R102 is sold to A van Holt of Hamburg, as a Rhine tug not used.

15 September 1953
The R-boat R102 is returned to the US Navy

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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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