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Robin (AT[O] 140)



Call sign:
Nan - Dog - Sugar - Love

ex-AT-140
ex- AM-3



Call sign (1939):
Negat - Afirm - Negat - Queen

ex-Minesweeper No. 3



Call sign (1919):
George - Tare - Vice - Have

Lapwing Class Minesweeper:

  • Laid down 4 March 1918 by the Todd Shipyard Corp., New York, NY
  • Launched 17 June 1918
  • Commissioned USS Robin (Minesweeper No. 3), 29 August 1918
  • Designated AM-3, 17 July 1920
  • Reclassified as an Ocean Tug, AT-140, 1 June 1942
  • Reclassified as an Ocean Tug (Old), AT(O)-140, 13 April 1944
  • Decommissioned 9 November 1945 at Long Beach, CA
  • Struck from the Navy Register 28 November 1945
  • Transferred to the War Shipping Administration in February 1948
  • Fate unknown.

    Specifications:

  • Displacement 1,009 t.
    1944 - 1,350 t.
  • Length 187' 10"
  • Beam 35' 6"
  • Draft 10' 4"
    1944 - 13' 1"
  • Speed 14 kts.
    1944 - 13 kts.
  • Complement 78
    1944 - 75
  • Armament: Two 3" guns
    1944 - Two 3"/50 dual purpose mounts
  • Propulsion: Two Babcock and Wilcox boilers, triple expansion reciprocating steam engine, one shaft
    1944 - Two 200psi saturated steam Babcock and Wilcox header boilers, one 1,400shp Harlan and Hollingsworth vertical triple expansion reciprocating steam engine.
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    USS Robin (Minesweeper No. 3)
    Robin 306k Photo from "Sweeping the North Sea Mine Barrage" by the U.S. Navy North Sea Minesweeping Detachment Joe Radigan
    USS Robin (AM 3)
    Robin 57k U.S. Navy photo from the Navy Recruitment Bureau, New York Jon Burdett
    Robin 74k c. 1920.
    Charleston, SC
    USS Sacramento (PG 19), Robin, and USS Asheville (PG 21) in dry dock
    Vance A. Adams
    Robin 122k In dry dock at the Norfolk Navy Yard, Portsmouth, Virginia, 11 March 1921.
    Photographed by Crosby, 324 First Street, Portsmouth, Virginia.
    Donation of the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard Museum, 1970.
    Naval Historical Center photo NH 105197
    Robert Hurst
    Robin 103k At the Norfolk Navy Yard, Portsmouth, Virginia, 16 March 1921. The superstructure of S.S. West Ashawa is visible in the right background.
    Photographed by Crosby, "Naval Photographer", 324 First Street, Portsmouth, Virginia.
    Naval Historical Center photo NH 105196
    USS Robin (AT[O] 140)
    Robin 51k . S1/c Theodore Kemp
    Hickory Ridge, Arkansas
    Crew member 1944/1945
    Robin 35k

    Commanding Officers
    01LT Lewis Henry Cutting, USN - Awarded the Navy Cross (1919)29 August 1918 - 10 March 1920
    02LT Arthur Smith, USN10 March 1920 - 10 August 1921
    03LT Walter Benjamin Buchanan, USN10 August 1921 - 12 February 1923
    04LT Gregoire Francois Joseph Labelle, USN - Awarded the Navy Cross (1919) - Retired as Lieutenant12 February 1923 - 5 June 1926
    05LT Walter Emerson Holden, USN5 June 1926 - 15 November 1927
    06LCDR Bruce Livingston Canaga, USN15 November 1927 - 10 June 1929
    07LT Karl Sommerfeld, USN10 June 1929 - 2 September 1931
    08LT Paul Ralph Heineman, USN2 Setember 1931 - 4 May 1932
    09LT Gerald Laurence Schetky, USN4 May 1932 - 1 June 1934
    10LCDR Francis James Mee, USN - Retired as Rear Admiral1 June 1934 - 10 June 1935
    11LT John Katz Wells, USN - Retired as Captain10 June 1935 - 4 June 1938
    12LT Arthur Adolph Griese, USN4 June 1938 - 31 May 1939
    13LCDR Peter James Nelmo, USN31 May 1939 - 10 September 1939
    14LCDR Edwin Vernon Raines, USN10 September 1939 - 10 November 1941
    15LT David Glass Greenlee, Jr., USN10 November 1941 - 1 May 1942
    16LT John Joseph Branson, USN1 May 1942 - 1 February 1943
    17LTJG Ellsworth Charles Avery, USN1 February 1943 - November 1944
    18LCDR Anie Jerome Roy, USNNovember 1944 - 9 November 1945
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler, Ron Reeves and Joe Radigan

    View the Robin (AM 3)
    DANFS history entry located on the Haze Gray & Underway website
    Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
    National Association of Fleet Tug Sailors
    Naval Minewarfare Association
    Association of Minemen
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