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Goldcrest (AM 80)



Call sign:
Nan - Able - Nan - Mike

Goldcrest Class Minesweeper:

  • Laid down in 1928 as the steel hull trawler M/V Shawmut by the Bethlehem Shipbuilding Corp., Quincy, MA for the Massachusetts Trawling Co., Boston, MA
  • Acquired by the Navy 29 November 1940 and began conversion to a minesweeper by the Bethlehem Steel Co., East Boston, MA
  • Conversion completed 28 April 1941
  • Renamed Goldcrest 12 December 1940
  • Commissioned USS Goldcrest (AM 80), 15 May 1941 at the Boston Navy Yard
  • In early 1942, the actor Douglas Fairbanks, Jr. (LTJG, USNR) served as Executive Officer in Goldcrest
  • Decommissioned 12 December 1945
  • Struck from the Naval Register 3 January 1946
  • Sold to her former owner 20 June 1946
    Naval Vessel Register of 1 January 1949 lists transfer to the War Shipping Adminintration in September 1946
  • Fate unknown.

    Specifications:

  • Displacement 400 t.
  • Length 122' 5"
  • Beam 23' 1"
  • Draft 10' 11"
  • Speed 11 kts.
  • Complement 36
  • Armament: One 3"/50 dual purpose gun mount
  • Propulsion: One 600shp Atlas 6H M3358 diesel engine, no reduction gear, one shaft.
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