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Cardinal (AM 6)

Call sign: (1921)
Nan - Fox - Able - Nan

ex-Cardinal (Minesweeper No. 6)

Call sign:
George - Tare - Rush - Watch

Lapwing Class Minesweeper:

  • Laid down 11 October 1917 by the Staten Island Shipbuilding Co., Staten Island, NY
  • Launched 29 March 1918
  • Commissioned USS Cardinal, Minesweeper No. 6, 23 August 1918
  • Served as a temporary lightship, NY-2, 29.5 miles off New York, south-east of Ambrose Lightship, until 3 August 1919
  • Designated AM-6, 17 July 1920
  • Grounded on a reef 6 June 1923 off the coast of Chirikof Island, Dutch Harbor, AK and was abandoned.


  • Displacement 950 t.
  • Length 187' 10"
  • Beam 35' 6"
  • Draft 9' 9"
  • Speed 14 kts.
  • Complement 78
  • Armament: Two 3" mounts
  • Propulsion: One Harlan and Hollingsworth, vertical triple expansion steam engine, one shaft.
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    Cardinal 63k Namesake: Cardinal - A crested red finch widely known in the eastern United States Tommy Trampp>
    Cardinal 351k 22 September 1920
    Mare Island Public Works photo of YPD-4 getting a new gin pole with Cardinal aft of the pile driver
    Photo from the files of the Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum
    Darryl Baker
    Cardinal 202k c. 1921
    U.S. Navy and Marine Corps Museum/Naval Aviation Museum photo No. 2008.104001.283
    Mike Green
    Cardinal 58k c. September 1921
    The submarine R-6 (SS 83) partially raised at San Pedro, CA after sinking due to a malfunction in one of her torpedo tubes. R-10 (SS 87) is at right, Cardinal is in left background alongside Alert (AS 4)
    Cardinal 276k c. 1925
    Cardinal taking a liberty party into Balboa and Panama City, Panama Canal
    H.J. Hoffman Collection
    Naval History and Heritage Command Catalog No. NHF-116
    Mike Green

    Commanding Officers
    01LT Nels Drake, USN23 August 1918
    02Chief Boatswain Lucius Henry Truman, USN27 April 1920
    03Chief Boatswain Harold Levi Arnold, USN5 August 1920
    04Chief Boatswain Harold Garfield Billings, USN15 April 1922 - 6 June 1923
    Courtesy of Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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