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Woodcock (AT[O] 145)



Call sign:
Nan - Fox - Xray - Xray

ex-AT-145
ex-AM-14



Call sign (1939):
Negat - Int - King - Prep

ex-Minesweeper No. 14



Call sign (1919):
George - Sail - Fox - Jig

Lapwing Class Minesweeper:

  • Laid down 19 October 1917 by the Chester Shipbuilding Co., Chester, PA
  • Launched 12 May 1918
  • Commissioned USS Woodcock, Minesweeper No. 14, 19 February 1919
  • Reclassified AM-14, 17 July 1920
  • Decommissioned 5 May 1922 at Portsmouth Navy Yard, NH
  • Recommissioned 21 February 1924
  • Reclassified as a Fleet Tug, AT-145, 1 June 1942
  • Reclassified as a Fleet Tug (Old), AT(O)-145, 15 May 1944
  • Decommissioned 30 September 1946 at Charleston, SC
  • Struck from the Navy Register 23 April 1947
  • Transferred to the Maritime Commission 4 August 1947
    Naval Vessel Register of 1 January 1949 lists plan for transfer to the War Shipping Administration as January 1948
  • Sold for scrap 19 December 1947 to the Potomac Shipwrecking Co., Inc. of Pope's Creek, MD.

    AM-14 Specifications:

  • Displacement 950 t.
    1944 - 1,350 t.
  • Length 187' 10"
  • Beam 35' 6'
  • Draft 9' 9"
    1944 - 13' 1"
  • Speed 14 kts.
  • Complement 85
    1944 - 75
  • Armament: Two 3" gun mounts
    1944 - Two 3'/50 dual purpose mounts
  • Propulsion: Two Babcock and Wilcox boilers, one triple expansion reciprocating steam engine, one shaft
    1944 - Two Babcock and Wilcox header boilers, one 1,400shp Harlan and Hollingsworth 200psi saturated steam vertical triple expansion reciprocating engine.
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    USS Woodcock (Minesweeper No. 14)
    Woodcock 110k While taking part in clearing the North Sea mine barrage, "The fleet put in (to) Stavanger, a bustling town in Norway, made prosperous by the war." (quoted from the original 1919 vintage caption). Woodcock is in the foreground. In the left background are (from front to rear): USS SC-356, USS SC-40, USS Eider (Minesweeper No. 17), USS Sanderling (Minesweeper No. 37) - probable identification, USS Auk (Minesweeper No. 38) and an unidentified minesweeper
    U. S. Navy photo from the Navy Recruitment Bureau, New York
    U.S. Navy photo NH 99789

    (Unidentified minesweeper believed to be Tanager, Minesweeper No. 5, ATCS Paul Tuck
    Original photo: Jon Burdett
    Replacement photo: Naval Historical Center
    USS Woodcock (AM 14)
    Woodcock 79k . Sam Betterton
    Woodcock 71k Calvin Betterton, who served in Woodcock from 19 January 1933 to 15 October 1934

    Commanding Officers
    01LTJG William J. Fanger, USN19 February 1919 - 7 March 1919
    02LTJG Frank T. Jurgensen, USN - Awarded the Navy Cross (1919)7 March 1919 - 29 August 1921
    03Chief Boatswain Franklin Earl Chester, USN29 August 1921 - 5 May 1922
    04LT Clyde Charlie Laws, USN21 February 1924 - 1 July 1926
    05LT Christian Crone, USN1 July 1926 - 16 August 1930
    06LT Buell Fromer Brandt, USN16 August 1930 - 9 May 1933
    07LT Joseph Orpha Saurette, USN9 May 1933 - 12 May 1936
    08LT Robert Ira Franklin Fravel, USN12 May 1936 - 31 January 1939
    09LCDR Paul Eugene Howard, USN31 January 1939 - 12 July 1941
    10LT Jerence Warner Greene, USN12 July 1941 - September 1942
    11LT Benjamin P. Clark, USCG - USCGA Class of 1938
    Awarded the Coast Guard Commendation Ribbon
    September 1942
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler, Ron Reeves and Joe Radigan

    View the Woodcock (AM 14)
    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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