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Buttress (ACM 4)



Buttress call sign:
Nan - Baker - Sugar - King

ex-PCE-878



PCE-878 call sign:
Nan - Zebra - Nan - Nan

PCE-842 Class Patrol Craft Escort/Buttress Class Auxiliary Minelayer:

  • Originally planned as PC-878 but reclassified as PCE-878 in April 1943
  • Laid down 11 May 1943 by Albina Engine and Machine Works, Portland, Oregon
  • Launched 26 August 1943
  • Delivered and commissioned USS PCE-878, 13 March 1944
  • Converted to an Auxiliary Minelayer, ACM-4, 27 March - 26 April 1944 at Mare Island Naval Shipyard
  • Reclassified and named Buttress (ACM 4), 15 June 1944
  • Decommissioned 24 February 1947 at Bremerton, WA
  • Struck from the Navy list 5 March 1947
  • Sold 30 October 1947 to J. W. Rumsey and renamed Pacific Reefer
  • Sold in the late 1970s to the Trident Seafoods Corp. of Seattle, WA and renamed Mr. J and used as a crab processor at Akutan Harbor in the ALeutian Islands for many years
  • Towed out to sea sometime in the 1990s and sunk.

    Specifications:

  • Displacement 850 t.
  • Length 184' 6"
  • Beam 33'
  • Draft 9' 5"
  • Speed 15.7 kts.
  • Complement 102
  • Armament: One 3"/50 dual purpose mount
  • Propulsion: Two 900bhp General Motors Electro-Motive 12-567A diesel engines, two shafts.
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    USS PCE-878
    PCER-878 62k Boardside view of PCE-878 at Mare Island Naval Shipyard on 27 March 1944. The sternwheeler house boat YHB-2 can be seen on the left in the background.
    U.S. Navy photo 1973-44
    Darryl L. Baker
    PCER-878 84k PCE-878 has just arrived at Mare Island Naval Shipyard on 27 March 1944. She was in overhaul at the shipyard from 27 March to 26 April 1944.
    U.S. Navy photo 1974-44
    PCER-878 179k 27 March 1944
    Aft plan view of PCE-878 prior to her conversion to USS Buttress (ACM 4) at Mare Island.
    U.S. Navy photo 1975-44
    PCER-878 181k Amidships looking forward plan view of PCE-878 prior to her conversion to USS Buttress (ACM 4) at Mare Island.
    U.S. Navy photo 1976-44
    Buttress 174k Forward plan view of PCE-878 during her conversion to USS Buttress (ACM 4) at Mare Island on 25 April 1944. Freight Lighter YF-508 can be seen in the background.
    U.S. Navy photo 2532-44
    Buttress 232k Aft plan view of PCE-878 during her conversion to USS Buttress (ACM 4) at Mare Island on 25 April 1944. Housing barge YHB-21 (ex-Tamalpais - Steam side wheeler) can be seen in the background.
    U.S. Navy photo 2533-44
    USS Buttress (ACM 4)
    Buttress 75k c. 1945
    Naval History and Heritage Command photo NH 79738
    Robert Hurst

    Commanding Officers
    01LT B. H. Beatty, USNR1945
    Courtesy of Joe Radigan

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