|HNLMS Abraham van der Hulst (1946)|
|Name:||HNLMS Willem van Ewijck|
|Builder:||P. Smit, Rotterdam|
|Launched:||26 August 1940|
|Fate:||Returned to the Netherlands|
|Name:||HNLMS Abraham van der Hulst|
|Namesake:||Abraham van der Hulst|
|Class & type:||Jan van Amstel-class minesweeper|
|Displacement:||460 long tons (467 t)|
|Length:||56.8 m (186 ft 4 in)|
|Beam:||7.8 m (25 ft 7 in)|
|Draft:||2.2 m (7 ft 3 in)|
2 × Yarrow 3-drum boilers|
2 × Stork triple expansion engines, 1,600 ihp (1,193 kW)
110 tons fuel oil
|Speed:||15 knots (28 km/h; 17 mph)|
• 1 × 3 in (76 mm) gun|
• 2 × twin .50-calibre machine guns
Service history[edit | edit source]
Built as a replacement for Willem van Ewijck, she was not yet commissioned when the Netherlands surrendered to Germany in May 1940.
Commissioned into the German Kriegsmarine, first as AM 1 (also listed as MH 1) on 26 August 1940. She sailed for Emden on 30 August, where she was renamed M 553. She was converted to a torpedo recovery vessel in December 1940. In August 1944 she was transferred to the 27th U-boat Flotilla, responsible for the tactical training of U-boats.
Returned to the Royal Netherlands Navy in May 1945 and recommissioned as the Abraham van der Hulst (the Dutch naval authorities apparently thought her to be this ship). She sailed for the Dutch East Indies on 16 September 1946 for service as patrol ship. After returning to Europe, she was rebuilt as boom defence vessel. Struck in 1961 and transferred to the Zeekadetkorps Nederland (Dutch Sea Cadets) in February 1962. Later scrapped.
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