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Penguin (AM 33)



Call sign (1924):
Nan - Easy - Cast - Tare


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

ex-Minesweeper No. 33

Scuttled 8 December 1941

Lapwing Class Minesweeper:

  • Laid down 17 November 1917 by the New Jersey Dry Dock and Transportation Co., Elizabethport, NJ
  • Launched 12 June 1918
  • Commissioned USS Penguin (Minesweeper No. 33), 21 November 1918
  • Designated AM-33, 17 July 1920
  • Decommissioned 1 June 1922 at Pearl Harbor, Territory of Hawaii and laid up in reserve
  • Recommissioned 13 October 1923
  • Scuttled by her crew 8 December 1941 in 200 fathoms at Agana Harbor, Guam to prevent capture by the Japanese.

    Specifications:

  • Displacement 1,009 t.
  • Length 187' 10"
  • Beam 35' 6'
  • Draft 10' 4"
  • Speed 14 kts.
  • Complement 78
  • Armament: Two 3"/50 gun mounts
  • Propulsion: Two 200psi saturated steam Babcock and Wilcox header boilers, one 1,400shp vertical triple expansion reciprocating steam engine, one shaft..
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    USS Penguin (Minesweeper No. 33)
    Penguin 173k Liberty party gathered on the ship's stern, preparing to go ashore after reviewing the Fleet in New York Harbor, 26 December 1918.
    U.S. Navy photo NH 59647
    Naval Historical Center
    Penguin 79k Close astern of USS Scranton (ID 3511), as a Chief Petty Officer is "putting the heaving line 60 ft." between the two ships, circa 28 March 1919. Note the line's weight in the air above Penguin's bow.
    Photograph from the USS Scranton photo album kept by J.D. Bartar, one of her crew members.
    U.S. Navy photo NH 99450
    Penguin 73k Underway near USS Scranton (ID 3511), probably circa 28 March 1919.
    Photograph from the USS Scranton photo album kept by J.D. Bartar, one of her crew members.
    U.S. Navy photo NH 99458
    Penguin 116k Steaming at full speed for Scapa Flow, 21 June 1919, during an unsuccessful effort to arrive in time to save some of the German warships scuttled there on that day. Note the identification letters "PD" on her bow.
    Halftone reproduction of a photograph taken by DeLong, of USS Black Hawk [ID 2140], published in the cruise book "Sweeping the North Sea Mine Barrage, 1919", page 38.
    Donation of Chief Storekeeper Charles A. Free.
    U.S. Navy photo NH 99472
    Penguin 107k Penguin, at left and USS Lapwing (Minesweeper # 1), "Coming up to repass" sweep gear, after exploding a mine during the sweeping of the North Sea Mine Barrage in 1919. Note the identification letters on the ships' bows: "PD" on Penguin and "W" on Lapwing.
    Halftone reproduction of a photograph taken by DeLong, of USS Black Hawk [ID 2140], published in the cruise book "Sweeping the North Sea Mine Barrage, 1919", page 59.
    Donation of Chief Storekeeper Charles A. Free.
    U.S. Navy photo NH 99473
    Penguin 80k "The Buoy Laying Division in Kirkwall Harbor." From left to right, in center: USS Osprey (Minesweeper # 29), Penguin, and USS Lapwing (Minesweeper # 1) moored together in Kirkwall Harbor, Orkney Islands, during the sweeping of the North Sea Mine Barrage, 1919. Note the identification letters on the ships' bows: "A" on Osprey, "PD" on Penguin and "W" on Lapwing.
    Halftone reproduction of a photograph taken by Kitress, of USS Swan [Minesweeper No. 34], published in the cruise book "Sweeping the North Sea Mine Barrage, 1919", page 63.
    Donation of Chief Storekeeper Charles A. Free.
    U.S. Navy photo NH 99474
    Penguin 267k Original photo: Ship's Officers and Crew, 1919.
    Halftone reproduction of a photograph, published in the cruise book "Sweeping the North Sea Mine Barrage, 1919", page 137.
    Donation of Chief Storekeeper Charles A. Free.
    U.S. Navy photo NH 99475

    Replacement photo: Photo from "Sweeping the North Sea Mine Barrage" by the U.S. Navy North Sea Minesweeping Detachment
    Original photo: Naval Historical Center
    Replacement photo: Joe Radigan
    USS Penguin (AM 33)
    Penguin 147k Underway off Shanghai, China, circa the later 1920s, following conversion for river gunboat service.
    U.S. Navy photo NH 50755
    Naval Historical Center

    Commanding Officers
    01LTJG Edgar Taylor Hammond, USN - Awarded the Navy Cross (1920)21 November 1918 - 20 August 1919
    02LT William Reginald Spear, USN20 August 1919 - 1 June 1922
    03LTJG R. F. Miegel, USN20 August 1919 - 29 August 1919
    04LTJG Enos Dahuff, USN - Awarded the Navy Cross (1920)29 August 1919 - September 1919
    05LT William Reginald Spear, USN - Awarded the Navy Cross (1920)September 1919 - 1 June 1922
    06LCDR Herbert Grenville Gates, Jr., USN13 October 1923
    07LCDR Julian Burton Timberlake, Jr., USN6 February 1924
    08LCDR Charles Nelson Ingraham, USN11 October 1925
    09LCDR James Madison Doyle, USN21 June 1927 - 1 July 1928
    10LT Richard Brittain Tuggle, USN1929
    11LT Ove Peter Octavius Hansen, USN1 July 1928 - 1 July 1930
    12LCDR Ernest Adams Foote, USN1 July 1930 - 1932
    13LT Malcolm Wood Pemberton, USN5 January 1932
    14LT Kenneth Ross Hall, USN13 April 1935
    15LT Louis Parker Fairlamb, USN8 June 1936
    16LT James William Haviland, III, USN16 February 1939
    17LT Ellis Kerr Wakefield, USN - Retired as Rear Admiral1940
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler, Ron Reeves and Joe Radigan

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    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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