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HNLMS Van Meerlant
HNLMS. Van Meerlant.jpg
Career (Netherlands)
Name: HNLMS Van Meerlant
Builder: Gusto shipyard, Schiedam
Laid down: October 14, 1919[1]
Launched: November 23, 1920[1]
In service: July 25, 1922[1]
Out of service: March 14, 1943[1]
General characteristics
Class & type: Douwe Aukes class minelayer
Displacement: 687 tonnes[1]
Length: 54.8[1]
Beam: 9.0[1]
Draught: 3.2[1]
Propulsion: 1170 hp[1]
Speed: 12.8 knots[1]
Complement: 60 men[1]
Armament: 1 x 2 12.7 mm machine gun[1]
1 x 6.5 mm machine gun[1]
87 mines (1921 type)[1]

HNLMS Van Meerlant (ML 36) was a minelayer of the Royal Netherlands Navy built in the Gusto shipyard at Schiedam as part of the Douwe Aukes class.


On the general mobilisation of the Dutch military on 28 August 1939, Van Meerlant was deployed to lay minefields, including ones at IJmuiden and the Hook of Holland.[1] She sailed for the United Kingdom from Vlissingen alongside the gunboat Flores, arriving on 18 May 1940.[1] She was first stationed at Falmouth, alongside her sister ship Douwe Aukes and the Dutch ship Medusa.[2] Later that year Van Meerlant was posted to Chatham and assigned to the Thames Local Defence Flotilla, responsible for maintaining the boom defences in the Thames Estuary.[1][3] On 14 March she was transferred to the Royal Navy, retaining her name.[1] She was sunk on 4 June 1941 by a mine, with 42 hands killed.[1][1][4]



  • Mark, C. Schepen van de Koninklijke Marine in W.O. II Alkmaar: De Alk bv, 1997 94-103

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