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The Mercuur has been in the harbor of Scheveningen since 1993. However, it’s not just a retired mine sweeper. The ship has a rich history. In 1998, the Mercuur was officially granted the status of ‘museum'
The USS 483 was built on the shipyard of Peterson Builders Inc, in Sturgeon Bay Wisconsin commissioned by the United States Navy for the "Mutual Defence Assistance Program" (MDAP). These ships were not only built for the Korean War, but also for allied countries that did not yet have possession of these ships after the Second World War. During this period, the European desperately needed these ships to make and keep the sea and harbor entrances free of mines from WW2.
Immediately after being approved, these ships were given a number. The USA lent the ship to others. July 18th 1954, the ship sailed to Boston. July 22nd 1954 the ship was transferred into Dutch hands and was incorporated into the Dutch Royal Navy. The American Penant number was still in force.
April 5th 1972, after years of service, the M886 was ready for a new destination. The ship was rebuilt as Torpedo Trial Tender for the Submarine Service. That date, she was given a new name and pennant number, , Hr. Ms. Mercuur A856 (A for Aid ship). She kept this number until she was taken out of commission, February 12th 1987.
The Ex. Hr. Ms. Mercuur is currently located in the second inner harbor of Scheveningen, The Hague, The Netherlands.