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Canonicus (MMA 12)
ex-USAMP Major General Erasmus Weaver (MP 10)

Camanche Class Auxiliary Minelayer:

  • The fourth Canonicus was laid down in 1943 by the Marietta Manufacturing Co., Point Pleasant, WV
  • Launched 7 September 1942
  • Commissioned USAMP Major General Erasmus Weaver (MP 10)
  • Acquired by the Navy 20 December 1949 and reclassified as an Auxiliary Minelayer, ACM-12
  • Reclassified MMA-12, 7 February 1955
  • Renamed Canonicus 1 May 1955
  • Canonicus was never placed in commission
  • Struck from the Naval Register 1 July 1960
  • Sold in 1961 and renamed Ocean Star
  • Renamed Kipman, and Zodiac
  • Acquired by General R. W. Johnson (Johnson & Johnson Co.), renamed Golden Crest and was used as a traveling office
  • Became a New York-New Jersey Pilot Boat in 1969 and renamed New Jersey (Pilot No. 2)
  • Scrapped in 1993.


  • Displacement 1,320 t.
  • Length 188' 2"
  • Beam 37'
  • Draft 12' 6"
  • Speed 12.5 kts.
  • Complement 69
  • Armament: One 40mm gun mount
  • Propulsion: Two 1,200shp reciprocating steam engines, two shafts.
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    USAMP Major General Erasmus Weaver (MP 10)
    Canonicus 51k

    Erasmus Morgan Weaver Jr. (May 23, 1854 November 13, 1920) was a United States Army major general who served as the first chief of the Militia Bureau and the Chief of the Army's Coast Artillery Corps

    Tommy Trampp
    Photo added 18 September 2021
    Golden Crest
    Canonicus 72k 24 April 1966
    Auckland, New Zealand
    Photo by Mike Cornwall
    Joe Radigan
    New Jersey (Pilot No. 2)
    Canonicus 100k Photo by Paul Sullivan Joe Radigan

    01LT William Isadore Temescal Dennison, USN1950 - March 1951
    02LT Stanley Cecil Orr, USNMarch 1951 - December 1951
    03LT Marcel Patras, Jr., USNDecember 1951 - 1953
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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