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R1

R-boat




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Service Data

In Service: 20 April 1931 to July 1945

Production Data

Ordered:
Builder: Fr. Lürssen Werft GmbH & Co, Vegesack
Construction No: 12280
Laid down:
Launched: 9 April 1931
Commissioned: 20 April 1931

Technical Data

Type: 1930-33 Type R-boat/Räumboot
Class: R1 Class

Displacement: tons standard tons full load
Length: 24.5 m
Beam: 4.38 m
Draft: 1.22 m
Propulsion: 2 × MWM RS 127 Su 6 × cylinder 4 stroke diesel engines producing up to 714 ehp
Propellers: 2 × Voith-Schneider
Speed: 17 knots
Range: 800 nautical miles at 13 knots
Crew: 18 men and officers
Armament:
1 × 2 cm MG L/65 C/30
carried 2000 rounds
4 × 2 cm MG L/65 C/30 later
carried 4000 rounds
10 mines
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Operators: Reichsmarine, Kriegsmarine
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History

The R1 R-boat (Räumboot) was built in the 1930s by Fr. Lürssen Werft GmbH & Co shipyard located in Vegesack, Germany as a minesweeper or Escort vessel for the Reichsmarine which became later known as the Kriegsmarine

And which served in the 5. Räumbootsflottille and 6. Räumbootsflottille during World War II.

Career

20 April 1931
The R-boat R1 is commissioned.

1939
The R-boat R1 becomes operational with the 5. Räumbootsflottille.

1941
The R-boat R1 becomes operational with the 6. Räumbootsflottille.

24 November 1943
The R-boat R1 is transferred to Toulon.

December 1943
The R-boat R1 is critically damaged by an aircraft attack.

11 December 1943
The R-boat R1 is stricken from naval records.

July 1945
The R-boat R1 is used as an experimental hulk.

July 1945
The R-boat R1 is transferred to Eckernförde.

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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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