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Linnet (IX-166)

Call sign:
Nan - Item - Sugar - Fox


Bullfinch Class Minesweeper:

  • The second Linnet was laid down 18 June 1928 as the M/V Georgetown by Bath Iron Works Corp., Bath, ME for F. J. O'Hara and Sons, Inc. of Boston, MA
  • Launched 15 December 1928
  • Delivered 19 December 1928
  • Renamed Linnet 14 August 1940
  • Acquired by the Navy, 4 September 1940
  • Conversion to a Minesweeper began in September 1940 at the Bethlehem Steel Co. of East Boston, MA
  • Commissioned, USS Linnet (AM 76), 3 March 1941
  • Conversion completed in March 1941
  • Reclassified as an Unclassified Miscellaneous Auxiliary, IX-166, 20 April 1944
  • Decommissioned, 18 December 1944 at Boston, MA
  • Struck from the Navy list 20 January 1945
  • Returned to the War Shipping Administration 31 July 1945
    Naval Vessel Register of 1 January 1949 lists plan for transfer to the War Shipping Administration as January 1945
  • Converted to mercantile service and renamed Cambridge
  • Fate unknown.


  • Displacement 410 t.
  • Length 123' 10"
  • Beam 23'
  • Draft 12'
  • Speed 10 kts.
  • Armament: One 3"/23 mount and two .30 cal. machine guns
  • Propulsion: One 400shp Fairbanks-Morse diesel engine, one shaft.
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    Size Image Description Source
    Trawler Georgetown
    Linnet 146k Seen here as fishing trawler Georgetown c. 1940 about the time she was acquired by the U.S. Navy
    U.S. Navy photo NH 101777
    Naval Historical Center
    USS Linnet (AM 76)
    Linnet 21k

    The linnet is a small songbird of the finch family found in Europe, Africa and Asia

    Tommy Trampp
    Linnet 100k 4 February 1941 Original photo: Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships
    Replacement photo: Robert Hurst
    Kite 149k 2 August 1941
    USS Kite [AM 75] and USS Linnet are getting post-commissioning alterations at a shipyard in Portsmouth VA
    Photo by George Strock, Life Magazine, used for educational and non-commercial purpose
    John Chiquoine
    Photos added 1 October 2021
    Kite 313k
    Linnet 294k 2 August 1941
    Getting post-commissioning alterations at a shipyard in Portsmouth VA
    Photo by George Strock, Life Magazine, used for educational and non-commercial purpose

    Commanding Officers
    01LCDR William Burton Holden, USN3 March 1941
    02LT Theodore Wolcott, USNR15 June 1941
    03LT Merritt Berner, USNR29 December 1941
    04LTJG Herbert Edward Ost, USNR12 November 1943
    05LT William Paul Croxton, USNR15 May 1944 - 18 December 1944
    Courtesy of Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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