M 483

Guernsey,English Channel

M 483 was a M1940 class minsweeper which was laid down at Bolnes in Holland as yard# 903, and launched 16. May 1942 for Kriegsmarine. She stood ready for service in May 1942 and was sent to 24.Minensuch flotille in France. She was sunk in the morning 15.June 1943 outside Sark while she sailed in a convoy towards Cherbourg as an escort. Planes from RAF squadron 263 attacked the convoy and M 483 was hit by two bombs before she sank. The wreck rest today on a depth of 50 meter east of the island Sark.

Former names:
M 483

62,3 x 8,9 x 2,8 m
Tons: Built: Home Port:
637 displ
Bolnes ( NL ) 1942
( F )

Picture: German Mineswepper M1940 in France
Courtesy of Bundesarkiv: Bild 101II

"Although the M1935 was a very satisfactory vessel, it was complex and expensive to build and a simplified design was put into production in 1941. These ships had coal-fired boilers because of oil shortages. A total of 127 ships were built between 1941 and 1944, and 63 M1940 class ships were sunk during the war"

Last updated: January 2021