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WWII auxiliary minesweepers


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Name Launched // Comm. Builder Tonnage, BRT Dimensions, m Speed, kts Machinery, Fuel, t Armament Fate
Matai 11.6.1930 // 4.1941 Hawthorn Leslie, Hebburn, UK 1050 66.7(pp)x10.7x 11 2VTE   returned 1946


100 - 1000 t displacement/ BRT tonnage vessels


Duchess (1897, 314, 6.1940 - 1.1944), Gale (1935, 622, 4.1941 - 10.1944), Hawera (1912, 188, 1942 - 1946), Kapuni (1909, 190, 4.1941 - 1946), Muritai (1923, 462, 8.1940 - 1946), Uki (1923, 545, 1 - 76/40, 10.1939 - 10.1944), Wairua (1913, 352, 1941 - 3.1945)

Project history

requisitioned merchant vessels used as minesweepers.

Modernizations

None.

Naval service

Format of date including day/month/year means loss of the vessel. Format of date containing month/year means return to owner or conversion to miscellaneous vessel. There were many coasters, tugs and other vessels used as minesweepers with tonnage less than 100 BRT.