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Sanderling (AM 37)

Call sign (1924):
Nan - Item - Jig - Sail

ex-Minesweeper No. 37

Call sign (1919):
George - Dog - Tare - Pup

Lapwing Class Minesweeper:

  • Laid down 27 May 1918 at Tebo Yacht Basin by Todd Shipbuilding Co., Brooklyn, NY
  • Launched 2 September 1918
  • Commissioned USS Sanderling (Minesweeper No. 37), 4 December 1918
  • Designated AM-37, 17 July 1920
  • Placed in reduced commission 11 May 1921
  • Decommissioned 2 May 1922 and placed in reserve at Pearl Harbor, HI
  • Accidentally sank 26 June 1937 while under tow and struck from the Navy list the same day.


  • 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 Babcock and Wilcox boilers, one triple expansion reciprocating steam engine, one shaft.
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    Sanderling (Minesweeper No. 37)
    Sanderling 21k Namesake: Sanderling - A small sandpiper Tommy Trampp
    Photo added 8 March 2020
    Sanderling 312k 2 September 1918
    Launching at Tebo Yacht Basin, Brooklyn
    National Archives photo 45511596
    Michael Mohl
    USS Sanderling (Minesweeper No. 37)
    SC-95 115k At anchor with SC-95 moored alongside The Sub Chaser Archives
    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). USS Woodcock (Minesweeper No. 14) is in the foreground. In the left background are (from front to rear): USS SC-356, USS SC-40, USS Eider (Minesweeper No. 17), Sanderling - probable identification, USS Auk (Minesweeper No. 38) and an unidentified minesweeper.
    U. S. Navy photo from the Navy Recruitment Bureau, New York
    Naval Historical Center photo NH 99789
    Naval Historical Center
    Sanderling 291k Steaming through heavy seas during North Sea Mine Barrage clearance operations, circa mid-1919. This "Bird Boat" wears a "V" identification mark on her bow, which means that she is Sanderling
    Donation of Dr. Mark Kukikowski, 2010
    Naval History and Heritage Command photo NH 107317
    Robert Hurst
    Sanderling 334k Photo from "Sweeping the North Sea Mine Barrage" by the U.S. Navy North Sea Minesweeping Detachment Joe Radigan
    USS Sanderling (AM 37)
    Sanderling 74k USS R-5 (SS-82) underway in Pearl Harbor, circa 1923-1930. USS Baltimore (CM-1) is moored in the background, with Sanderling tied up alongside. Both of these ships were then out of commission
    Courtesy of Donald M. McPherson, 1974.
    US Navy Photo NH 79747
    Naval Historical Center

    Commanding Officers
    01LT Stanley Danielak, USN - Awarded the Navy Cross (1919)
    Retired as Lieutenant
    4 December 1918
    Courtesy Joe Radigan

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