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Grebe (AT 134)
ex-AM-43



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

ex-Minesweeper No. 43



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

Grounded and lost 6 December 1942

Lapwing Class Minesweeper:

  • Laid down 25 May 1918 by the Staten Island Steam Boat Co., Staten Island, NY
  • Launched 17 December 1918
  • Commissioned USS Grebe, Minesweeper No. 43, 1 May 1919 at Brooklyn Navy Yard
  • Designated AM-43, 17 July 1920
  • Decommissioned 12 May 1922
  • Recommissioned 15 November 1922
  • Reclassified as a Fleet Tug, AT-134, 1 June 1942
  • Lost due to grounding 6 December 1942 at Vuanta Vatoa, Fiji and hurricane damage 1 - 2 January 1943
  • Struck from the Navy Register 28 July 1943.

    Specifications:

  • Displacement 950 t.
  • Length 187' 10"
  • Beam 35' 6"
  • Draft 8' 10"
  • Speed 14 kts.
  • Complement 78
  • Armament: Two 3" mounts
  • Propulsion: Two Babcock and Wilcox boilers, one triple expansion reciprocating steam engine, one shaft.
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    Size Image Description Source
    USS Grebe Minesweeper No. 43
    Grebe 62k . Jon Burdett
    Grebe 112k 10 June 1919
    Test of Marine Railway, Grebe, forward of USS Acushnet (AT-63). View to southwest at the Charlestown Navy Yard. The Marine Railway is located between Piers 2 and 3, on the Charlestown waterfront at west end of Navy Yard, Boston, Suffolk County, MA
    Library of Congress photo HAER MA-90-69-18
    Mike Green
    Grebe 263k Photo from "Sweeping the North Sea Mine Barrage" by the U.S. Navy North Sea Minesweeping Detachment Joe Radigan
    USS Grebe (AM 43)
    Grebe 112k c. 1920
    New York harbor
    Photo by P. L. Speer
    Darryl Baker
    Grebe 17k c. 1921/22
    Panama Canal
    Dave Spence
    Grebe 83k Post card dated 25 March 1935 Wolfgang Hechler
    Grebe Crew 83k c. 1938/1940
    Crew photo. Signalman August Billig is 10th from the left, back row
    Bruce Billig
    USS Grebe (AT 134)
    Grebe 147k U.S. Navy photo from "Our Fighting Ships" by Mitchell D. Katz, Jr., Herbert C. Lee and Edwil L. Levy, Jr., Harper and Brothers, 1942 Derick S. Hartshorn

    Commanding Officers
    01LT Niels Dustrup, USN - Awarded the Medal of Honor (1914 - Awarded in 1924) and the Navy Cross (1919)
    Retired as Lieutenant Commander
    1 May 1919
    02LTJG William Leo Hickey, USN6 June 1919
    03Chief Boatswain Laffayette Purnell Guy, USN7 November 1921
    04Chief Boatswain Albert C. Franzel, USN15 November 1922
    05LT Chester Claude Farmer, USN19 August 1925
    06LT Andrew Simmons, USN2 June 1930
    07LT Harry Saint John Butler, USN1 July 1931 - 19 March 1934
    08LTJG Knowlton Williams, USN19 March 1934 - 25 March 1935
    09LT Chris Halverson, USN25 March 1935 - 27 June 1936
    10LT Herbert Augustus Anderson, USN27 June 1936
    11LT Marion Clermont Thompson, USN19 June 1938 - 16 June 1939
    12LCDR Ellsworth Dudley McEathron, USN - USNA Class of 1922
    Awarded the Silver Star (1945) - Retired as Rear Admiral
    16 June 1939 - 1 May 1942
    13LT Harold Stanley Bogan, USN1 May 1942 - 1 September 1942
    14ENS William Llewis Sloan, USN1 September 1942 - 1 October 1942
    15LT Charles McMaster Lewis, USN1 October 1942 - 6 December 1942
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

    View the Grebe (AM-43)
    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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