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Name: PRINCE POTEMKIN also seen as KNYAZ POTEMKIN
Type: Passenger Cargo Ship
Launched: 21/05/1887
Completed: 1887
Builder: R & W Hawthorn, Leslie & Co Ltd
Yard: Hebburn
Yard Number: 272
Dimensions: 714grt, 499nrt, 233.5 x 26.6 x 15.3ft
Engines: T3cyl (20, 32 & 53 x 36ins), 169nhp
Engines by: R & W Hawthorn, Leslie & Co Ltd, Newcastle
Propulsion: 1 x Screw
Construction: Steel
Reg Number: n/a
History:
1887 Russian Steam Navigation & Trading Company, Odessa
12/1941 Renamed POTEMKIN
1942 Deutches Reich
05/1944 Renamed SPERRBRECHER 194 (SM241)
1953 Broken up
Comments: 06/04/1919: Abandoned at Tendra during evacuation of Odessa
Prior 15/05/1919: Sank at Tendra
1933: Refloated, laid up
12/1941: Returned to service
04/05/1942: Stranded near Kamys Burun while under German air attack
A Sperrbrecher, was a German auxiliary ship of the Second World War that was intended to serve as a type of minesweeper, by sailing ahead of other vessels through minefields, intending to detonate any mines in their path.
Also used as anti-aircraft ships, the Sperrbrecher suffered heavy losses in the war
1942: Captured by German forces, repaired at Nikolayev and returned to service as a Sperrbrecher in May 1944 (converted at Galatz)
25/08/1944: Sank off Braila during a Soviet air attack
Subsequently refloated and used as a hulk
1953: Broken up