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Gannet (AVP 8)
ex-AM-41



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

ex-Minesweeper No. 41



Call sign (1919):
George - Boy - Cast - Sail

Sunk 7 June 1942

Lapwing Class Minesweeper:

  • Laid down, 1 October 1918 by Todd Shipyard Corp., New York, NY
  • Launched, 19 March 1919
  • Commissioned USS Gannet, Minesweeper No. 41 at New York Navy Yard, 10 July 1919
  • Designated AM-41, 17 February 1920
  • Converted and reclassified as a Small Seaplane Tender, AVP-8, 22 January 1936
  • Torpedoed 7 June 1942 by the German submarine U-653 northwest of Bermuda.

    Specifications:

  • Displacement 840 t.
  • Length 187' 10"
  • Beam 35' 5'
  • Draft 8' 10"
  • Speed 14 kts.
  • Complement 85
  • Armament: Two 3"/50 dual purpose mounts
  • Propulsion: One 1,400shp Harlan and Hollingsworth Corp. vertical triple expansion steam engine, one shaft.
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    USS Gannet (AM-41)
    Gannet 91k Underway during a fleet review on 4 June 1927, while serving as an aircraft tender
    Naval History and Heritage Command photo NH 53817
    Original photo: Office of the Oceanographer of the Navy
    Replacement photo: Robert Hurst
    Gannet 434k c. August 1929
    A Navy Loening OL-8A approaching the tender
    U.S. Navy and Marine Corps Museum/Naval Aviation Museum photo 2011.003.180.028
    Mike Green
    Gannet 110k c. 1932.
    Admiralty Bay, Alaska
    Participating in the 1932 Alaska Survey Expedition
    U.S. Navy and Marine Corps Museum/Naval Aviation Museum photo No. 1988.118.005.037
    Gannet 177k c. 1932
    Ketchikan, AK
    U.S. Navy and Marine Corps Museum/Naval Aviation Museum photo 1988.118.005.007
    Gannet 110k Ketchikan, AK
    Crewmen of the minesweeper Gannet inspecting the propeller. The Gannet was part of the 1932 Alaskan Survey Expedition
    U.S. Navy and Marine Corps Museum/Naval Aviation Museum photo 1988.118.005.013
    Gannet 140k 30 April 1932
    Bear Glacier, Seward, Alaska
    U.S. Navy and Marine Corps Museum/Naval Aviation Museum photo No. 1998.118.005.046
    Gannet 219k 30 April 1932
    Moored at Resurrection Bay in Seward, Alaska
    U.S. Navy and Marine Corps Museum/Naval Aviation Museum photo 1988.118.005.227
    Gannet 128k c. May 1932.
    Attu, Alaska
    A Loening OL amphibian is secured to her stern
    U.S. Navy and Marine Corps Museum/Naval Aviation Museum photo No. 1998.118.005.076
    Gannet 105k Kodiak, Alaska
    With Loening OL amphibian planes secured on her stern
    U.S. Navy and Marine Corps Museum/Naval Aviation Museum photo No. 1988.118.005.169
    Gannet 227k Original photo: Seen here as AVP-8 at John Glacier, near Juneau, Alaska, c. 1936
    Replacement photo: Amidst icebergs in Alaskan Waters in May, 1932. The ship is part of the 1932 Alaska Survey Expedition
    U.S. Navy and Marine Corps Museum/Naval Aviation Museum, photo No.1988.488.246.145
    Original photo: Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships
    Replacement photo: Mike Green
    Gannet 126k Passing through icy waters in May, 1932. The ship is participating in the 1932 Alaska Survey Expedition
    U.S. Navy and Marine Corps Museum/Naval Aviation Museum photo 1988.488.246.081
    Mike Green
    USS Gannet (AVP-8)
    Gannet 77k Seen here as AVP-8
    National Archives photo 80-G-466287
    National Archives
    Gannet 58k Seen here as AVP-8
    U.S. Navy photo
    Hazegray & Underway Website
    Gannet 197k c. 1939
    U.S. Navy photo
    Ric Hedman TN(SS)

    Commanding Officers
    01LT John Emmanuel Armstrong, USN10 July 1919 - 7 September 1920
    02LT Frederick Thompson Mayes, USN7 September 1920
    03LT Charles Schonborg, USN7 September 1921 - 25 November 1921
    04LT William Reginald Spear, USN25 November 1921
    05LT William Edward Tarbutton, USN18 June 1927
    06LT Thomas Macklin, USN16 January 1928
    07LT Ralph Howard Henkle, USN20 May 1930
    08LT Leonard Lewis Rowe, USN11 July 1931 - March 1934
    09LCDR Charles Randall (Cat) Brown, Jr., USN - USNA Class of 1921
    Retired as Admiral
    22 March 1934 - August 1935
    10LT Ira Earl Hobbs, USN - USNA Class of 1925
    Awarded the Silver Star (1943) and the Legion of Merit (1951) - Retired as Vice Admiral
    29 June 1935
    11LCDR Carleton Cole Champion, Jr., USN23 August 1935 - December 1936
    12LT James Edward Leeper, Jr., USN1 December 1938 - 1939
    13LCDR Jack Pendleton Monroe, USN - Retired as Rear Admiral26 June 1939 - 1941
    14LT Francis Edward Nuessle, USN - Retired as Rear Admiral15 June 1941 - 7 June 1942
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler, Ron Reeves and Joe Radigan

    View the Gannet (AM-41)
    DANFS History entry located on the Haze Gray & Underway Website
    Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
    Naval Minewarfare Association
    Association of Minemen
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