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USCGC Magnolia (WLB 328)
ex-USCGC Magnolia (WAGL 328)



Magnolia call sign:
November - Romeo - Xray - Echo

ex-USS Barricade (ACM 3)



Barracade call sign:
Nan - Papa - Yoke - Sugar

ex-USAMP Colonel John Storey


Barricade served the U.S. Army, Navy and Coast Guard

Chimo Class Auxiliary Minelayer:

  • Laid down, 10 October 1941 for the U.S. Army Coast Artillery Corps, Mine Planter Service as Colonel John Storey by the Marietta Manufacturing Co., Point Pleasant, WV
  • Launched in November 1942
  • Transferred to the Navy, 7 April 1944 and commissioned USS Barricade (ACM 3) the same day
  • Decommissioned, 28 June 1946 and transferred to the Coast Guard
  • Commissioned USCGC Magnolia (WAGL 328), 19 October 1947
  • Reclassified WLB-328 in 1965
  • Decommissioned, 13 August 1971
  • Sold to the Galaxy Fisheries, LLC, and renamed F/V Galaxy
  • Exploded and caught fire in the Bering Sea, 20 October 2002
  • Allowed to drift near St. Paul Island, AK until the fire went out and believed sunk.

    Specifications:

  • Displacement 1,300 t.
  • Length 188' 2"
  • Beam 37'
  • Draft 12' 6"
  • Speed 12.5 kts.
  • Complement 69
  • Armament: One 40mm gun mount and four 20mm mounts
  • Propulsion: Two Combustion Engineering header type boilers, two 1,200shp Skinner Unaflow reciprocating engines, no reduction gear, two shafts.
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    Size Image Description Source
    USS Barricade (ACM 3)
    Barricade 23k U.S. Navy photo from the Naval Institute Archives Joe Radigan
    Barricade 118k 27 June 1945
    Underway at Jacksonville, Florida on 27 June 1945 before conversion to a minesweeper support ship. This photo shows the appearance of AMC 1 - 3 during their service in Europe in 1944 and early 1945
    National Archives photos 19-N-87640 and 19-N-87641
    Robert Hurst
    Barricade 107k
    Barricade 82k c. 1945
    Naval History and Heritage Command photo NH 79737
    Barricade 425k 12 - 19 September 1946
    Mare Island Naval Shipyard, Vallejo, CA
    Aerial view of the south end of Mare Island Naval Shipyard. Ships present include: USS Oklahoma City (CL-91), USS Safeguard (ARS-25), USS Avery Island (AG-76), USS Quapaw (ATF-110), USS Eldorado (AGC-11), Barricade, USS Fieberling (DE-640), AFD-16, USS Alfred A. Cunningham (DD-752) and Endicott (YM-12). Safeguard and Avery Island were at the yard for decontamination from the Bikini Island tests, Oklahoma City is about to be decommissioned, Barricade is about to be turned over to Coast Guard, Endicott is dredging berth 18 and the others are in for repairs
    U.S. Navy photo courtesy of the Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum
    Darryl Baker
    USCGC Magnolia (WAGL 328)
    Barricade 125k c. 1962
    U.S. Coast Guard photo
    Robert Hurst
    Barricade 178k 12 April 1963
    U.S. Coast Guard photo
    Joe Radigan
    F/V Galaxy
    Barricade 78k The burned wreckage of the 180-foot Seattle-based fishing boat Galaxy floats in the Bering Sea near St. Paul Island, Alaska, about 700 miles west of Anchorage Associated Press Photo
    Barricade 65k An unidentified vessel assisting the burning Galaxy U.S. Coast Guard Photo
    Barricade 15k Last known location of the Galaxy Seattle Times

    Commanding Officers
    01LT Charles Percy Haber, USN7 April 1944
    Courtesy of Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

    View the Barricade (ACM 3)
    DANFS History entry located on the Haze Gray & Underway Website
    View the Magnolia
    history entry located on the Coast Guard Cutter History website
    Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
    Naval Minewarfare Association
    Association of Minemen

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