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VIRGEN DE LA CARIDAD minesweeper (1919/1940)

later Hunt class 1939

Name No Builder Laid down Launched Comp Fate
Virgen de la Caridad (ex-Capitán de Corbeta Remigio Verdia, ex-Queen of the Bay, ex-Protea, ex-Crozier, ex-Verwood, ex-Ventnor)   Simons, Renfrew, UK   12/8/1919 8/1919 // 6/1940 TS 1944, stricken 12/1952

Displacement standard, t

732

Displacement full, t

1094

Length, m

70.4

Breadth, m

8.77

Draught, m

2.92

No of shafts

2

Machinery

VTE, 2 Yarrow boilers

Power, h. p.

1600

Max speed, kts

13.2

Fuel, t

coal 213

Endurance, nm(kts) 3900(6.6)

Armament

1 x 1 - 102/45 Vickers Mk LA, 1 x 1 - 76/50 Vickers Mk TR, sweeps

Complement

97

Ship project history: Former British minesweeper of Hunt class, built as Ventnor, later Verwood, commissioned by Royal Navy in March, 1919 as survey vessel Crazier. In 1921 she was transferred to South Africa and in 1922 renamed Protea. In 1933 she was sold to British private owner, converted to merchant Queen of the Bay. Since beginning of Civil war in Spain she was used as cargo vessel. In November, 1937 she was requisitioned by Republican Government and commissioned by fleet as military transport and 21/2/1938 has arrived to Cartagena. In August, 1938 ship was again renamed Capitán de Corbeta Remigio Verdia and put to conversion to minelayer. During conversion in October, 1938 she was strongly damaged at Cartagena by aircraft of Nationalists and never commissioned by Republicans. After war she was used as a hulk. Later ship was repaired and 12/6/1940 commissioned by Spanish Navy as minesweeper Virgen de la Caridad.

Modernizations: 1944: - 1 x 1 - 76/50, sweeps; + 2 x 1 - 102/45 Vickers Mk LA, 2 x 1 - 20/65 C/38

Naval service: In 1943-1944 ship was rebuilt to gunnery drill ship armed with 3 102mm/45 guns and 2 20mm AA MGs with two rangefinder posts.

Virgen de la Caridad

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