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Gull (AM 74)


Gull Class Minesweeper:

  • The first Gull was laid down 12 June 1928 as the trawler M/V Boston College by the Bath Iron Works, Bath, ME for F. J. O'Hara and Sons, Inc. of Boston, MA
  • Launched 17 October 1928
  • Delivered 1 December 1928
  • Renamed Gull 14 August 1940 by U.S. Navy prior to acquisition
  • Acquired by the Navy 30 August 1940
  • Conversion to a Minesweeper began 8 September 1040 at the Bethlehem Steel Co., East Boston, MA
  • Commissioned USS Gull (AM 74), 3 December 1940
  • Completed conversion 27 March 1941
  • Decommissioned 25 July 1944 at Quincy, MA
  • Struck from the Naval Register 22 August 1944
  • Transferred to the Maritime Commission for disposal 15 May 1946, sold to Gudron Inc. of Boston and renamed Gudron
  • Lost in 1951.

    Specifications:

  • Displacement 410 t.
  • Length 124' 3"
  • Beam 23'
  • Draft 10' 8"
  • Speed 9 kts.
  • Armament: One 3"/50 dual purpose gun mount
  • Propulsion: One Cooper Bessemer diesel engine, one shaft.
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    Gull 105k M/V Boston College
    Bath Iron Works photo
    Joe Radigan

    Commanding Officers
    01LCDR Ernest Louis Posey, USNR3 December 1940 - 1941
    02LT Harold J. Burke, USNR1941 - 5 January 1942
    03LTFrank George Hull, USNR5 January 1942 - 1 February 1943
    04LT Robert Michael Simms, USNR1 February 1943 - 30 September 1943
    05LTJG Pierre LaTour, USN30 September 1943 - 25 July 1944
    Courtesy of Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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