Monday, 27 March 2017

Polish minelayer Gryf launched according to the Dutch magazine Marineblad dated 1937 No. 3

An item referred to the Proceedings dated March 1937 reporting that at Le Havre, France the Polish minelayer Gryf was launched. The machinery consisted of 2 Sulzer diesels supplying 16.000 hp allowing a maximum speed of 20 knots. The armament consisted of 6-11,8cm/4.7” and 2x2-4cm machineguns and able to carry 300 mines with her.(1)

1. Building ordered on 11 May 1934, laid down at Chantiers et Ateliers A. Normand on 14 November 1934, launched on 29 November 1936, commissioned on 27 February 1938, training ship in 1939, damaged during a German air attack on 1 Septmber 1939, became an floating anti aircraft battery at the Hel naval base, sunk during an attack by the German destroyers Leberecht Maass and Wolfgang Zenjer, salvaged by the German forces in November 1939 and towed to a beach near Jastarnia, served as an artillery practice target, after the Second World War by the Polish Air Force used as a target and between 1957 and 1960 broken up. Her horsepower seemed to be 6.000 hp and not 16.000hp as mentioned in the item.