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Goshawk (IX 195)
ex-AM-79
ex-AMc-4



Call sign:
Nan - Easy - Victor - William

Goshawk Class Minesweeper:

  • Built in 1919 as the steel hull trawler M/V Penobscot by the Foundation Shipyard, Savannah, GA for Mr. W. F. Henningsen of Seattle, WA
  • Acquired by the Navy 3 September 1940 and began conversion to a Coastal Minesweeper, AMc-4 at the Winslow Marine Corp., Winslow, WA
  • Renamed Goshawk 16 October 1940
  • Reclassified as a Minesweeper, AM-79, 25 November 1940
  • Commissioned USS Goshawk (AM 79), 3 March 1941
  • Conversion to minesweeper completed 20 March 1941
  • Reclassified as an Unclassified Miscellaneous Auxiliary, IX-195, 10 October 1944 and used for transporting supplies to Aleutian areas
  • Decommissioned 1 August 1945 at Seattle and placed in service
  • Transferred to the Maritime Commission for disposal 7 May 1946
  • Struck from the Navy Register 3 January 1946
  • Sold to Alvin T. Davies of Tacoma, WA and renamed Bering Sea
  • Fate unknown.

    Specifications:

  • Displacement 585 t.
  • Length 150'
  • Beam 25'
  • Draft 10' 3"
  • Speed 10 kts.
  • Armament: One 3"/50 dual purpose gun mount
    Removed when converted to IX-195
  • Propulsion: One 450shp New London Ship and Engine Co. (Nelsco) diesel engine, one shaft.
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    Size Image Description Source
    Goshawk 237k Original photo: c. 1941
    Replacement photo: c. 1941
    Photo by "Ships and Aircraft" from the 1943/1944 edition of Janes Fighting Ships
    Original photo: Gunter Krebs
    Replacement photo: Robert Hurst

    Commanding Officers
    01LTJG Allan Dawight Curtis, USN3 March 1941
    02LT Paul P. Stewart, USN12 February 1943
    03LTJG John James O'Donnell, USN1 August 1943
    Courtesy of Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

    View the Goshawk (AM 79)
    DANFS history entry located on the Haze Gray & Underway website
    Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
    Naval Minewarfare Association
    Association of Minemen

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