Soviet Fleet minesweeper
|Type:||Fleet minesweeper (Virsaitis)|
|Completed||1917 - G. Seebeck AG, Geestemünde|
|Date of attack||11 Jan 1945||Nationality: Soviet|
|Fate||Sunk by U-745 (Wilhelm von Trotha)|
|Position||59.45N, 24.47E - Grid AO 3528|
|Complement||? men (? dead and ? survivors).|
|History||Commissioned on 30 Nov, 1917 as German minesweeper M-59 of the Minensuchboot 1916-class. On 2 Aug, 1922, bought by Lithuania, renamed Presidentas Smetona and used as patrol ship, training ship and presidential yacht. On 22 Jun, 1940, the ship was taken over by the Sovietunion and initially renamed Primunas, but in August 1940 taken over by the NKVD as board guard ship in the Second Baltic detachment and renamed Korall. On 19 Aug, 1941, assigned to the Baltic Fleet as minesweeper T-76 Korall. |
|Notes on loss|
At 10.25 hours on 11 Jan, 1945, U-745 fired two Gnats at two tugs towing a floating crane and heard two detonations. T-76 Korall was hit and sank off Aegna Island.
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