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Curlew (IX 170)

Call sign:
Nan - Easy - Dog - Tare

Catbird Class Minesweeper:

  • Built in 1938 as the steel hull trawler M/V Kittiwake by the Charleston Shipbuilding and Drydock Co., Charleston, SC for the Atlantic Fisheries Co. of Charleston
  • Acquired by the Navy 6 August 1940
  • Renamed Curlew 14 August 1940
  • Conversion to a Minesweeper began 6 September 1940 at the Quincy Dry Dock and Yacht Corp., Quincy, MA
  • Commissioned USS Curlew (AM 69), 7 November 1940
  • Conversion completed 10 May 1941
  • Rescued crew of foundering fishing vessel Spring Chicken 5 April 1944 off Cape Hatteras, NC
  • Reclassified as an Unclassified Miscellaneous Auxiliary, IX-170, 1 June 1944 for use in servicing outlying stations
  • Decommissioned 5 December 1945 at Newport, RI
  • Struck from the Naval Register 19 December 1945
  • Transferred to the Maritime Commission 27 September 1946 for disposal
  • Fate unknown.


  • Displacement 570 t.
  • Length 147' 10"
  • Beam 28' 8"
  • Draft 12'
  • Speed 10 kts.
  • Armament: One 3"/50 dual purpose gun mount and two .30 cal. machine guns
  • Propulsion: One 575shp Fairbanks Morse diesel engine, one shaft.
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    Size Image Description Source
    Curlew 77k 16 May 1941 Original photo: Gunter Krebs
    Replacement photo: Robert Hurst

    Commanding Officers
    01LTJG William Thomas Patrick, USNR7 November 1940
    02LT Denton H. Elliott, USN10 September 1942 - 26 September 1943
    03LTJG Joseph G. Rollins, Jr., USN26 September 1943
    Courtesy of Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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    DANFS history entry located on the Haze Gray & Underway website
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    Naval Minewarfare Association
    Association of Minemen
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