Located in the second inner harbor of Scheveningen, Hr. Ms. Mercuur is a wooden ocean minesweeper. She was built for the United States Navy and transferred to The Netherlands in 1954. Provided as part of the Marshall Plan (Mutual Defense Assistance Program), Mercuur and five sister ships assisted in the vital job of clearing sea mines from Dutch harbors after the war. She was converted to a torpedo trials ship in 1972. Mercuur is the only Marshall Plan ship in the Netherlands.
Visitors experience the life on board a US Navy and Royal Dutch Navy ship of the 1940's and 1950's.
Class: U.S. Navy MSO-483/AM-483
Type: Non-magnetic minesweeper
At: Peterson Builders, Inc., Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin
Length: 172 feet
Beam: 36 feet
Draft: 10 feet
Displacement: 735 tons
Netherlands Maritime Trust
Schokkerweg (2e Binnenhaven)
2583 BH Scheveningen
70 70 35 40 315 (international), 070 35 40 315 (The Netherlands)