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Kite (AM 75)

Kite Class Minesweeper:

  • Laid down 18 June 1928 as the trawler M/V Holy Cross by Bath Iron Works, Bath, ME for F. J. O'Hara and Sons, Inc. of Boston, MA
  • Launched 24 November 1928
  • Delivered 27 November 1928
  • Renamed Kite 14 August 1940 by U.S. Navy prior to acquisition
  • Acquired by the Navy 11 September 1940
  • Conversion to a Minesweeper began 12 September 1940 by the Bethlehem Steel Co., East Boston, MA
  • Commissioned USS Kite (AM 75), 3 March 1941
  • Conversion completed in April 1941
  • Decommissioned 14 August 1944 at Quincy, MA
  • Struck from the Navay Register 22 August 1944
  • Transferred to the War Shipping Administration 2 March 1945 and sold
  • Fate unknown.


  • Displacement 482 t.
  • Length 124' 3"
  • Beam 23'
  • Draft 10' 6"
  • Speed 9 kts.
  • Armament: One 3"/50 dual purpose gun mount
  • Propulsion: One 360hp Fairbanks Morse diesel engine, one shaft.
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    Commanding Officers
    01LCDR George Louis Burns, USNR3 March 1941 - 1943
    02LT Jacob Schulman, USN1943 - 14 August 1944
    Courtesy of Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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