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ARGENTINEAN NAVY (ARGENTINA)

MINE WARFARE SHIPS

BOUCHARD minesweepers (1937-1940)

Bouchard 1937

Bouchard 1960

Name No Builder Laid down Launched Comp Fate
Drummond M2 Astileros Navale, Rio Santiago 1935 17/6/1936 6/1937 stricken 3/1964
Robinson M3 Hansen y Puccini, San Fernando 1937 18/8/1938 5/1939 stricken 12/1967
Granville M4 Astileros Navale, Rio Santiago 1935 7/1/1937 9/1937 stricken 12/1967
Fournier M5 Sanchez, San Fernando 1937 5/8/1939 10/1940 wrecked 22/9/1949
Bouchard M7 Astileros Navale, Rio Santiago 1935 20/3/1936 1/1937 to Paraguay 2/1964 (Nanawa)
Py M10 Astileros Navale, Rio Santiago 1937 21/3/1938 7/1939 to Paraguay 11/1967 (Teniente Farina)
Parker M11 Sanchez, San Fernando 1/1936 2/5/1937 5/1938 stricken 7/1963
Seaver M12 Hansen y Puccini, San Fernando 1937 18/8/1938 5/1939 to Paraguay 11/1967 (Capitán Meza)
Spiro M13, 2/1962- GC12 Astileros Navale, Rio Santiago 1937 7/6/1937 1/1938 Prefectura Naval 2/1962, deleted 1983

 

Displacement standard, t

450

Displacement full, t

520

Length, m

59.0

Breadth, m

7.30

Draught, m

2.27

No of shafts

2

Machinery

MAN diesels

Power, h. p.

2000

Max speed, kts

15

Fuel, t

diesel oil 50

Endurance, nm(kts) 3000(10)

Armament

2 x 1 - 102/50 Bethlehem Mod.1 or 2 x 1 - 100/47 OTO, 2 x 1 - 40/39 2pdr QF Mk VIII, 2 x 1 - 7.7/94, sweeps

Complement

62

Ship project history: First rather large ships built in Argentina. They were designed on the basis of German-built Bathurst class, but with diesels instead of steam engines. Probably, part of ships had Italian 100mm/47 guns. Ships differed by low stability.

Modernizations: 1962, Spiro: was armed with 2 x 2 - 40/60 Mk 1 only

Naval service: Fournier was lost 22/9/1949, having ran on uncharted underwater rock in Magellan Strait. Bouchard, Py and Seaver were sold to Paraguay as river gunboats. Two first served under Paraguayan flag today, and Capitan Meza from late 1990s is used as accommodation ship.

Granville 1938

Spiro 1969

Ivan Gogin, 2011-14