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Catbird (IX 183)
ex-AM 68



Call sign:
Nan - Easy - Dog - Oboe

Catbird Class Minesweeper: Built in 1938 as the steel hull trawler Bittern by the Charleston Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Co., Charleston, SC for the Atlantic Fisheries Co., Charleston; Acquired by the Navy, 6 August 1940; Renamed Catbird 14 August 1940; Conversion to a Minesweeper began 3 September 1940 at the Quincy Dry Dock and Yacht Corp., Quincy, MA; Commissioned USS Catbird (AM 68), 27 November 1940; Conversion completed 10 May 1941; Reclassified as a Miscellaneous Unclassified Auxiliary, IX-183, 15 August 1944 and used for salvage work; Placed out of commission, in service 17 August 1944; Placed out of service and laid up, 7 November 1945; Transferred to the Maritime Commission for disposal, 24 January 1947. Fate unknown.

Specifications: Displacement 570 t.; Length 147' 10"; Beam 28' 8"; Draft 12'; Speed 12 kts; Complement unknown; Armament one 3"/23 gun mount; Propulsion one 575shp Fairbanks Morse diesel engine, one shaft.


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Catbird 68k 29 September 1941 Robert Hurst

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