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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: Patrol boat (ABC-class) 1940 rebuilt minensweeper
Built: Droogdokmaatschappij, Tandjong Priok, 1938
Owner: Gouvernementsmarine. Dienst der Gewestelijke vaartuigen
Armament : 2 x 3,7 cm canon, 2 x 7,7 mm mitrailleur

People on board17
Speed125 knots ~ 144 mph (232 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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