M81 WAS the name of the ship and belongs to the well known class of type35 minesweepers.
Building yard: LÃ¼becker Maschinenenbau Ges.
building no.: 427
Indeed this ship has an interesting history:
in 1945 US and used at GM/SA
since 09.10.47 French LAFFAUX
stroken on 22.11.56, but further used as hulk no. Q75
since 1956 German an commissioned on 28.02.57 as escort ship HUMMEL
decommissioned on 05.10.63, but further used as target ship
in 12.1966 beached due to a squall at FanÃ¶
in 04. and 05.1967 raised
since 19.03.76 broken up at Kiel
other sources claimed, that the ship was sunk as target ship on 22.10.73 at the north sea
I have 2 pictures available:
- end of 1956 at Wilhlemshaven, still with French sign Q75, but German
- as escort ship HUMMEL
Greetings from Austria
Displacement 500t. Speed 16kts Armament Two 10.5cm SKL/45, Thirty mines. Complement 1
In Service: 17 July 1941 to 19 March 1976
Builder: La Becker Maschinenbau Gesellschaft,
Construction No: 427
Launched: 20 December 1940
Commissioned: 17 July 1941
Type: 1935/39 Type Minesweeper/Minensuchboot
Class: M 1 Class
Displacement: 685 tons standard 878 tons full load
Length: 68.4 m
Beam: 8.7 m
Draft: 2.65 m
Propulsion: 2 Ã— Lentz uniform expansion engines producing up to 3,200 shp
Speed: 18.3 knots
Range: 5,000 nautical miles at 10 knots
Crew: 90 men and officers
2 Ã— 10.5 cm L/45
carried 480 rounds
2 Ã— 3.7 cm L/83 SK C/30
carried 3000 rounds
2 Ã— 2 cm MG L/65 C/30
carried 4000 rounds
4 Ã— 2 cm MG L/65 C/30 after 1942
carried 6000 rounds
Armour 10 mm
The M 81 Minesweeper (Minensuchboot) was built in the 1940s by LÃ¼becker Maschinenbau Gesellschaft shipyard located in LÃ¼beck, Germany as a minesweeper or escort vessel for the Kriegsmarine.
Construction was longitudinal and ransverse frame of steel construction, which was partly welded, this vessel also had twelve watertight compartments and a double bottom. The superstructure, Bridge etc was made from light alloys. The propulsion system installed in these vessels was the two Lentz uniform expansion engines. And when used as minesweepers the Kabel Fern Raum GerÃ¤t (KFRG) system was employed, which used generators producing 60 V, 20 kW to power the magnetic sweeping gear.
This vessel went on to serve in the 4. Minensuchflottille, 5. Minensuchflottille and 6. Minensuchflottille during World War II.
And after the surrender of Germany was employed in the German Mine Sweeping Administration (GMSA) which was controlled by the allies.
17 July 1941
The Minesweeper M 81 is commissioned.
The Minesweeper M 81 served with the following flotilla's 4. Minensuchflottille, 5. Minensuchflottille and 6. Minensuchflottille.
The Minesweeper M 81 is seized as a prize of war by the USA.
The Minesweeper M 81 serves with the German Mine Sweeping Administration (GMSA).
9 October 1947
The Minesweeper M 81 is transferred to France and renamed Laffaux.
22 November 1956
The Laffaux a stricken from naval records and used as the hulk Q 75.
29 February 1957
The Q 75 is renamed to Hummel whilst serving with the German Federal Navy (Bundesmarine).
5 October 1963
The Hummel is removed from active service and use as a target ship.
The Hummel becomes stranded at Fano-Weststrand in a severe storm, and later sinks
The Hummel is refloated.
19 March 1976
The Hummel is broken up and scrapped at Kiel.
German Warships, 1815-1945: Major Surface Vessels.
German Warships, 1815-1945: U-boats and Mine Warfare Vessels.
German warships of the Second World War.
F210 Hummel (Former Kriegsmarine M 81, Type 1935) 1956â€“1976
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