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Goldfinch (AM 77)


Goldfinch Class Minesweeper:

  • The first Goldfinch was laid down 6 June 1929 as the trawler M/V Fordham by the Bath Iron Works, Bath, ME for F. J. O'Hara and Sons, Inc. of Boston, MA
  • Launched 3 January 1930
  • Delivered 14 January 1930
  • Renamed Goldfinch 14 August 1940 by the U.S. Navy prior to acquisition
  • Acquired by the Navy 18 September 1940
  • Conversion to a Minesweeper began 20 September 1940 at the Bethlehem Steel Co., East Boston, MA
  • Commissioned USS Goldfinch (AM 77), 30 January 1941 at the Boston Navy Yard
  • Conversion completed in March 1941
  • Decommissioned 18 August 1944 at Boston, MA
  • Struck from the Naval Register 22 August 1944
  • Transferred to the Maritime Commission 9 January 1946 and sold to the Norwegian Shipping and Trade Commission of New York, NY
  • Fate unknown.

    Specifications:

  • Displacement 455 t.
  • Length 132' 4"
  • Beam 24'
  • Draft 9' 8"
  • Speed 10 kts.
  • Armament: One 3"/50 dual purpose gun mount
  • Propulsion: One 500hp diesel engine, one shaft.
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    Commanding Officers
    01LCDR William Reed McCaleb, USN30 January 1941
    02LTJG James Grieve Thorburn, Jr., USNJanuary 1942
    03LT Allard Barnwell Heyward, USNR - Awarded the Purple Heart (USS Tide [AM 125] struck a mine 7 June 1944 that exploded with such force that she was lifted out of the water. Tide’s commanding officer — LCDR Allard B. Heyward — died soon after the initial explosion)7 February 1943
    04LT Francis Xavier Connors, Jr., USN6 December 1943 - 18 August 1944
    Courtesy of Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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