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Brant (ARS 32)

Call sign:
Nan - Queen - Tare - Uncle

ex- AM-24

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

ex-Minesweeper No. 24

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

Lapwing Class Minesweeper:

  • Laid down 8 December 1917 by the Sun Shipbuilding Co., Chester, PA
  • Launched 30 May 1918
  • Commissioned USS Brant (Minesweeper No. 24), 5 September 1918
  • Designated AM-24, 17 July 1920
  • Assisted stranded Norwegian freighter Anderson 11 February 1942 at St. Shots Bay, Newfoundland, Canada
  • Transported survivors of stranded Anderson 13 February 1942 to Argentia, Newfoundland
  • Assisted British freighter Kitty's Brook off shoal at Argentia 16 February 1942
  • Reclassified as a Fleet Tug, AT-132, 1 June 1942
  • Reclassified as a Salvage Ship, ARS-32, 1 September 1942
  • Decommissioned 19 December 1945 at the New York Navy Yard
  • Transferred to the Maritime Commission 19 August 1946
  • Fate unknown.


  • Displacement 950 t.
  • Length 187' 10"
  • Beam 35' 6"
  • Draft 8' 10"
  • Speed 14 kts.
  • Complement 73
  • Armament: Two 3" mounts
    September 1942 - Two 20mm mounts
  • Propulsion: Two 200psi Babcock and Wilcox header boilers, one 1,400shp Harlan and Hollingsworth Corp. vertical triple expansion engine, one shaft.
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    USS Brant (AM 24)
    Brant 110k

    Brant is a small wild goose of Europe and eastern North America

    Tommy Trampp
    Brant 45k Bob Thomasson
    Brant 193k Brant and USS Tern (AM-31) moored together at an unknown location
    Courtesy of Lt. Gustave J. Freret, USN ( Ret). Fair Haven, New Jersey, 1970
    Naval History and Heritage Command photo NH 72113
    Mike Green
    Brant 218k Anthony (DD 172) can be seen forward of Brant's bow
    U.S. Navy photo
    Jim Kurrasch, Battleship Iowa, Pacific Battleship Center
    Brant 178k U.S. Navy photo
    PE-34, 38, 6, 35, 12, 7, 8, 10, 58 & 25 204k Naval History and Heritage Command states their photo NH 54315 is Mare Island circa 1919. I checked repair availabilities and yard journals at Mare Island for E Boats and determined the following: The photo was taken in December 1920 and showing Eagle boats (PE-34, PE-38, PE-6, PE-35, PE-12, PE-7, PE-8, PE-10, PE-58 and PE-25) at the subase. At the end of the wharf (far right) there are two minesweepers (Brant [AM 24] and Eider [AM 17]) with several submarines moored to these sweepers. Shipyard daily journals (deck logs) indicate that they are F-3 [SS-22] and F-2 [SS-21] Darryl Baker
    Photo added 14 April 2022
    Partridge/Brant 185k "Red Lead Row," San Diego Destroyer Base, California. Photographed at the end of 1922, with at least 65 destroyers tied up there. Ships present are identified as (left to right, in the right diagonal row): Stansbury (DD-180); MacKenzie (DD-175); Renshaw (DD-176); Howard (DD-179); Gillis (DD-260); Tingey (DD-272); McLanahan (DD-264); Swasey (DD-273); Morris (DD-271); Bailey (DD-269); Tattnall (DD-125); Breese (DD-122); Radford (DD-120); Aaron Ward (DD-132) -- probably; Ramsay (DD-124); Montgomery (DD-121); and Lea (DD-118). (left to right, in the middle diagonal row): Wickes (DD-75); Thornton (DD-270); Meade (DD-274); Crane (DD-109); Evans (DD-78); McCawley (DD-276); Doyen (DD-280); Elliot (DD-146); Henshaw (DD-278); Moody (DD-277); Meyer (DD-279); Sinclair (DD-275); Turner (DD-259); Philip (DD-76); Hamilton
    (DD-141); Boggs (DD-136); Claxton (DD-140); Ward (DD-139); Hazelwood (DD-107) or Kilty (DD-137); Kennison (DD-138); Jacob Jones (DD-130); Aulick (DD-258); Babbitt (DD-128); Twiggs (DD-127)
    ; and Badger (DD-126). (left to right, in the left diagonal row): Shubrick (DD-268); Edwards (DD-265); Palmer (DD-161); Welles (DD-257); Mugford (DD-105); Upshur (DD-144); Greer (DD-145); Wasmuth (DD-338); Hogan (DD-178); O'Bannon (DD-177); and -- possibly -- Decatur (DD-341). (Nested alongside wharf in left center, left to right): Prairie (AD-5); Buffalo (AD-8); Trever (DD-339); and Perry (DD-340). Minesweepers just astern of this group are Partridge (AM-16) and Brant. Nearest ship in the group of destroyers at far left is Dent (DD-116). The others with her are unidentified
    U.S. Navy photo NH 42539
    Naval Historical Center
    USS Brant (AT 132)
    Brant 137k c. June 1942
    Placentia Bay, Newfoundland, Canada
    Wearing camouflage scheme Measure 12 (modified)
    National Archives photo
    Joe Radigan
    Brant 135k Brant near the Norfolk Navy Yard on 14 August 1942
    National Archives photos 19-N-32381 and 19-N-32381 from Shipscribe
    Mike Green
    Brant 133k

    Commanding Officers
    01LT John Watts Stoakley, USN6 September 1918
    02LTJG Walter John Fanger, USN19 February 1919
    03Chief Boatswain Joseph Roberts, USN7 June 1922
    04LT David Frederick Mead, USN5 March 1924
    05LT Robert Edward Permut, USN14 November 1927
    06LT Edward Danielson, USN11 February 1929
    07LT Leo Byron Schulten, USN - USNA Class of 19204 June 1932
    08LT Victor Dismukes Long, USN4 July 1934
    09LT Paul Fleming Dugan, USN - USNA Class of 19236 June 1936
    10LT Michael Joseph Malanaphy, USN - USNA Class of 1922
    Awarded the Navy Cross (1945) - Retired as Rear Admiral
    18 June 1936
    11LCDR Lamar Munroe Wise, USN - USNA Class of 1921b24 June 1939
    12Boatswain Henry Melvin Anderson, USN1 September 1942 - 4 May 1943
    13LT Chester Howard Rockbridge, USN4 May 1943 - 5 September 1943
    14LT John Norman Tornberg, USN5 September 1943 - 29 January 1945
    15LTJG Fredric James Dickey, USN29 January 1945 - 27 February 1945
    16LT Charles Henry Otterman, USN27 February 1945 - 19 December 1945
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler, Ron Reeves and Joe Radigan

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