The Jaskółka class was a class of 6 minesweepers of Polish Navy built during the 1930s. They were the first sea going warships of Polish production. The Jaskółka class was a versatile design which allowed the ships to serve in the role of either a minesweeper, small minelayer or a sub chaser. All were named after birds, therefore the class was nicknamed: ptaszki (birdies) in Polish.
Rybitwa, Czajka, Mewa, Jaskółka
|Propulsion:||2 shaft diesel engines, 1040 BHP|
Design and building
The first minesweepers in the Polish Navy were the German minesweepers of the FM type. These ships, built during the later part of World War I and bought by Poland during the early 20s, were already worn out by the 1930s so the Polish Navy required a replacement. The Modlin shipyard offered a design for the new class of minesweepers which was accepted. The first 4 ships of the class were built at Gdynia and Modlin. After they entered service they proved to be a good design so a further 2 were ordered in the mid 30s.
World War II
|Jaskółka||1934||11 September 1934||August 1935||Sunk, 14 September 1939|
|Czajka||April 1934||10 April 1935||February 1936||Captured by Germany, October 1939, and used as torpedo recovery vessel TFA11. |
Returned to Poland December 1956. Reclassified as a patrol boat in 1951, and again as an accommodation ship in 1966.
|Mewa||1934||10 January 1935||October 1935||Sunk, 3 September 1939, raised by Germany and renamed Putzig; later used as torpedo recovery vessel TFA9. |
Returned to Poland in December 1945. Reclassified as a patrol boat in 1951, and again as an accommodation ship in 1970.
|Rybitwa||May 1934||26 April 1935||December 1935||Sunk, 3 September 1939, raised by Germany and renamed Rixhoft; later used as torpedo recovery vessel TFA8. |
Returned December 1945. Reclassified as a patrol boat in 1951, and again as an accommodation ship in 1966.
|Czapla||1937||22 August 1938||August 1939||Sunk, 14 September 1939|
|Żuraw||1937||22 August 1938||August 1939||Captured by Germany October 1939 and used as survey ship Oxhoft. |
Returned to Poland in December 1945. Reclassified as a survey vessel in August 1948.
- Chesneau, Roger (1980). All the World's Fighting Ships 1922-1946. London: Conway Maritime Press. ISBN 0-85177-146-7.
- Mały Modelarz 3/2000