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stepping stones of maritime history


These minesweepers were in fact small craft of the "Dienst der Gewestelijke Vaartuigen", known as "police cruisers". Before the war, they were used to transport small amounts of cargo and government officials, for fishery inspection and to counter smuggling. After the invasion of the Netherlands, these six craft were requisitioned and converted to auxiliary mineweepers. Their sweeping capabilities were limited to moored mines.


Type: Patrouilleboot van de ABC-klasse. In 1940 omgebouwd tot mijnenveger

Gebouwd: Droogdokmaatschappij, Tandjong Priok, 1938

Eigenaar: Dienst der Gewestelijke vaartuigen.
Bewapening : dieptebommen

People on board17
Speed12 knots ~ 14 mph (22 km/h)
Length103.7 feet (31.6 m)
Width18 feet (5.5 m)
Draft5.9 feet (1.8 m)
Tonnage145 ton


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