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R134

R-boat




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Service Data

In Service: 1944 to 1976

Production Data

Ordered:
Builder: Abeking & Rasmussen, Lemwerder
Construction No: 3705
Laid down:
Launched: 26 January 1944
Commissioned: 1944

Technical Data

Type: 1937-43 Type R-boat/Räumboot
Class: R25 Class

Displacement: 150 tons standard 155 tons full load
Length: 41.05 m
Beam: 5.8 m
Draft: 1.67 m
Propulsion: 2 × MWM 6 × cylinder 4 stroke diesel engines producing up to 2,155 ehp
Propellers: 2 × Voith-Schneider
Speed: 19.8 knots
Range: 900 nautical miles at 15 knots
Crew: 41 men and officers
Armament:
1 × 3.7 cm L/83 SK C/30 later
carried 1000 rounds
2 × 2 cm MG L/65 C/30
carried 2000 rounds
10 mines
Armour
Aircraft:
Electronics:
Operators: Kriegsmarine
Variants:

Other: R-boats
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History

The R134 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 13. Räumbootsflottille during the Second World War.

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

Career

1944
The R-boat R134 is commissioned.

1944
The R-boat R134 becomes operational with the 13. Räumbootsflottille.

1945
The R-boat R134 serves with the German Mine Sweeping Administration (GMSA).

1 November 1947
The R-boat R134 is seized as a prize of war by the USA.

1 January 1948
The R-boat R134 serves with the German Mine Sweeping Formation Cuxhaven (MRVC).

1 July 1951
The R-boat R134 serves with the United States Labour Service Unit B (LSU-B) as the USN 134.

5 June 1956
The USN 134 is renamed to Merkur whilst serving with the German Federal Navy (Bundesmarine).

31 October 1968
The Merkur is taken out of active service.

1969
The Merkur is badly damaged by fire.

1970
The Merkur is repaired and refitted.

1 August 1970
The Merkur is transferred to the naval cadets at Busum as the accommodation vessel Cord Widderick.

1976
The Cord Widderick 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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