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Albatross (IX 171)
ex-AM-71



Call sign:
Nan - Easy - George - Oboe


Albatross served the Navies of the United States and Norway.

Albatross Class Minesweeper:

  • Laid down 25 October 1930 as the steel hull trawler M/V Illinois by the Bath Iron Works, Bath, ME for the Red Diamond Trawling Corp.
  • Launched 19 March 1931
  • Delivered 30 March 1931
  • Acquired by the Navy 9 August 1940
  • Renamed Albatross 14 August 1940
  • Conversion to a Minesweeper began 6 September 1940 by the General Ship and Engine Works of East Boston, MA
  • Commissioned USS Albatross (AM 71), 8 November 1940 at the Boston Navy Yard
  • Conversion completed 8 November 1941
  • Reclassified as an Unclassified Miscellaneous Auxiliary, IX-171, 1 June 1944
  • Decommissioned 11 September 1944
  • Struck from the Naval Register 23 September 1944
  • Transferred to the Maritime Commission 15 November 1944
    Naval Vessel Register of 1 January 1949 lists plan for transfer to the War Shipping Administration as November 1945
  • Renamed Illinois
  • Transferred to Norway
  • Fate unknown.

    Specifications:

  • Displacement 510 t.
  • Length 147' 5"
  • Beam 25'
  • Draft 12'
  • Speed 13 kts.
  • Armament: One 3"/50 dual purpose gun mount
  • Propulsion: One 550shp Fairbanks Morse diesel engine, one shaft.
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    Commanding Officers
    01LT Lysle Elbert Ellis, USN8 November 1940 - 1941
    02LTJG Bruce W. Evans, USN1941
    03LT William A. Jewett, USNDecember 1943
    03LT Paul O. Elliott, USN1944 - 11 September 1944
    Courtesy of Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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