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Camanche (MMA 11)
ex-ACM-11
ex-USAMP Brigadier General Royal T. Frank (MP 12)


Camanche Class Auxiliary Minelayer:

  • The second Camanche was laid down in 1942 by the Marietta Manufacturing Co., Point Pleasant, WV
  • Launched 31 October 1942
  • Commissioned USAMP Brigadier General Royal T. Frank (MP 12), 28 November 1942
  • Transferred to the Navy in 1944 and designated ACM-11
  • Reclassified MMA-11, 7 February 1955
  • Renamed Camanche 1 May 1955
  • Camanche was never commissioned in the U.S. Navy
  • Renamed Pilgrim in 1961 and operated out of Cape Cod, MA
  • Renamed Cape Cod
  • Fate unknown.

    Specifications:

  • Displacement 1,320 t.
  • Length 188'
  • Beam 37.75'
  • Draft 12'
  • Speed 12.5 kts.
  • Complement 69
  • Armament: One 40mm gun mount.
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    USAMPS Brigadier General Royal T. Frank (MP 12)
    Camanche 24k
    Namesake:

    Royal Thaxter Frank was a career officer in the United States Army who graduated from West Point in 1858 and served until his retirement in 1899. He received two brevets (honorary promotions) for gallantry in action during the American Civil War. He was commissioned as a brigadier general of volunteers during the Spanish–American War. He was a member of the Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the United States and the Sons of the Revolution

    Tommy Trampp
    Photo added 21 September 2021
    Camanche 74k 31 October 1942
    Marietta Manufacturing Company, Point Pleasant, West Virginia
    Photo 742.26.d.411 courtesy of the Marietta Manufacturing Company from the Digital Collections J.Y. Joiner Library, East Carolina University
    Robert Hurst
    Camanche 167k 31 October 1942
    Stern view of the ship's rudder and twin screws before launching. Marietta Manufacturing Company, Point Pleasant, West Virginia
    Courtesy of the Marietta Manufacturing Company from the Digital Collections J.Y. Joiner Library, East Carolina University
    Camanche 183k 31 October 1942
    Slides off the ways and into Ohio River. Marietta Manufacturing Company, Point Pleasant, West Virginia
    Courtesy of the Marietta Manufacturing Company from the Digital Collections J.Y. Joiner Library, East Carolina University
    Camanche 135k USAMP Brig. Gen. Royal T. Frank (MP-12) while assigned to the minefield at Fort Miles, Lewes, DE on 19 December 1942. She was operated by 19th Coast Artillery Mine Planter (CAMP) battery
    Photo courtesy of Michael E. Rogers (formerly Capt., 261st Coast Artillery Battery Commander), at Delaware States Parks, Fort Miles Restoration Project
    Camanche 150k Original photo: 8 January 1943
    Marietta Manufacturing Company, Point Pleasant, West Virginia
    Photo 742.26.d.417 courtesy of the Marietta Manufacturing Company from the Digital Collections J.Y. Joiner Library, East Carolina University
    Replacement photo: After being fully fitted out, the Frank steams along the Ohio River on 8 January 1943
    Original photo: Robert Hurst
    Replacement photo:Indicator Loops
    FV Cape Cod
    Camanche 150k 9 October 2010
    Pago Pago, American Samoa
    Photo by Bob Prins, Marine Traffic.com/TD>
    Tommy Trampp
    Photo added 21 September 2021

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