The Minesweeper 'Beveland' built at Wivenhoe in 1943

Researched by the late Bill Ellis

Page created by Peter Hill

Model of the Beveland made by Bill Ellis
Picture of the Beveland
Photo from the Nederlands Instituut voor Militaire Historie
The crew of the Minesweeper Beveland in 1943 - see list of names in the text
The Crew of the Minesweeper Beveland in 1943

The Motor Minesweeper No. 237 – H.N1.M.S. ‘Beveland’ was built at Wivenhoe Shipyard, Essex and commissioned 12th April, 1943. It served with the 139th (Dutch) Minesweeper Flotilla at Harwich 1943/45.

The Beveland was built of timber with an ‘LL’ magnetic mine sweep, an ‘SA’ acoustic mine sweep, twin mounted 20mm Oerlikon Cannon and 2 x 0.303 machine guns. She was capable of a speed of 10 knots and had a crew of 20 men. See list below:

1. Lt. 2k Jan Moot  –  Commander
2. Klaas Blok  –  Schipper
3. Job Groen  –  Stoker
4. Bastiaan Luyendyk  –  Sailor
5. Johannes Leenderd Spaans  –  Quarter Master
6. Tjeerd Brouwer  –  Sailor
7. Dirk Dijkstra Sarg.  – Eng.
8. Leenderd Nutbey Corp. – Eng.
9. ???
10. Anton Tol  –  Sailor-Operator
11. Dirk van der Oever   –  Sailor
12. Leendert Knoester   –  Sailor
13. Arend van Ree   –  Stoker
14. Cornelis Zuidhoek   –  Sailor
15. Klaas Stam   –  Sailor
16. Frank Knoester   –  Sailor
17. ???                         –  Boatswain
18. Gerrit Blok   –  Sailor-Cook
19. Henk Westerduin   –  Sailor-signalman


Note: These details taken from the Wivenhoe Encyclopedia when it was published in 2006. Original research by the late Bill Ellis

This page was added on 04/01/2021.

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