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> auxilliary minesweepers Amurgul and Gherdap
Axel van Eesbeeck
Posted: August 02, 2003 07:19 pm
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Hallo

I'm looking for the displacement of the romanian auxilliary minesweepers Amurgul and Gherdap. Both were taken over by soviet forces in august 1944 and both were later sunk as part of the soviet danube flotilla (as T-658 and T-656)

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Andreas von Mach
Posted: August 19, 2003 05:55 pm
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I have
GHERDAP built 1893 145t 60nhp/250ihp 41,19x5,63x1,20m
NFR, Turnu Severin
Built Linz, Austria ; enguined Escher & Wyss , Zürich
Seized August 1944
Enlisted 10.11.44 as T-656
Renamed 30.10.44 ???
Lost 11.10.1944 bei Km 962,M, Totalverlust

AMURGUL built 1909 Taranto 435ihp 37,53 x 8,05x1,30m
SRD, Bucuresti
Seized August 1944
Enlisted 10.11.44 as T-658 (something wrong with this date ????)
Lost 9.10.44
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Andreas von Mach
Posted: August 19, 2003 07:28 pm
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GHERDAB is good represented with 2 photos in a ice book
Cristian Craciunoiu "Low Danube Paddle Wheels Steamers" Bucharest 1995 p.102-104
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Axel van Eesbeeck
Posted: August 20, 2003 07:54 am
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Hallo Andreas

Thanks a lot for your answer. You helped me lot.

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Tiornu
Posted: August 20, 2003 09:47 am
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Andreas, where did you find this information on GHERDAP and AMURGUL?
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Andreas von Mach
Posted: August 20, 2003 04:40 pm
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1) Romanian List of ships 1913
2) Romanian List of Danube ships 1940
3) Notes on Romanian ships seized by Soviets
4) I have also yard lists of Linz shipyard & Escher & Wyss
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Tiornu
Posted: August 21, 2003 10:23 am
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Andreas, these are good sources. Could I trouble you to send me an e-mail?
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Petre
Posted: November 15, 2011 04:00 pm
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From a book of memoirs of Arkady Sverdlov “The achievement of an idea” :

Our Dunajskaya Flotila had only one minesweeper squadron, who could not cope with high workloads. They were just some small boats, who worked hard in areas with strong currents. So we enlisted the help of the Romanians; tens of their sweepers were included in heavy and dangerous actions. Our chief of mine opps., Capt.3 rk. Ohrimenko with his officers Mironov, Polosoy and Bashtanik ensured their instruction.
I remember some of romanian comanders : Gheorghe Gogoase, Zavalide Chirculescu, Nicolae Cosmanschi, Ion Popescu, Aurel Predescu. Many ships and crews received Soviet military medals from R.Adm. Gorshkov.
To prevent the electromagnetic mine explosions, all the ships we passed through demagnetization stations. These were located in Galati, Giurgiu, Tr.Severin.
Some romanian ships were under soviet comand. Capitan-Leitenant N. Reshetov, from the Flotilla Staff was appointed on the minesweeper “Gherdap”. He was always in decisive sectors, at a very dangerous barage Gherdap neutralized 12 mines. But somewhere near Ogradina a mine exploded by sweeping, another under the ship. Being wounded, the captain continued to save his crew. Up to sink the ship, he saved maps and documents, then some romanian fishermen have rescued him from the waves.
Very soon, being on a floating hospital, Reshetov won a new appointment, on the minesweeper "Amurgul". Again, he sweeped more mines than anyone, about this they wrote in “Dunaets”- the newspaper of the Flotilla. But on a convoy escort mission the ship exploded and sank. Sailors had to save themselves to the shore on a boat.
After this, Reshetov has return to the Flotilla Staff. It is not punished for sinking that captain who did everything to fulfill a mission of fighting.
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