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Sentinel (AM 113)

Sunk 10 July 1943

Auk Class Minesweeper:

  • Laid down 28 November 1941 by the American Shipbuilding Co., Cleveland, OH
  • Launched 23 May 1942
  • Commissioned 3 November 1942
  • Bombed by German aircraft 10 July 1943 and sank off Licata, Sicily
  • Struck from the Naval Register 19 August 1943.


  • Displacement 890 t.
  • Length 221' 2"
  • Beam 32'
  • Draft 10' 9"
  • Speed 18.1 kts.
  • Complement 105
  • Armament: One 3"/50 dual purpose gun mount, two single 40mm gun mounts, two single 20mm gun mounts, two depth charge tracks, five depth charge projector
  • Propulsion: Two 1,766hp General Motors 12-278 diesel electric engines, Farrel- Birmingham single reduction gear, two shafts.
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    Sentinel (AM 113)
    Sentinel 97k Under construction Historical Collections of the Great Lakes
    USS Sentinel (AM-113)
    Sentinel 127k Sinking off Sicily, in the morning of 10 July 1943
    Naval History and Heritage Command photo NH 89208
    Mike Green
    NR North Carolina Sailor In Hospital Seaman 2nd Class George Arthur Flowers, Jr., 20, of Hickory, N.C., tells at the Naval Hospital in the Charleston, S. C., Navy Yard, how he was struck by fragments from a German bomb in an attack that sank the minesweeper Sentinel (AM-113), in the invasion of Sicily. Flowers was a radio operator aboard the ship. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. G. A. Flowers, Sr., of Hickory. He is awaiting transfer to limited shore duty. AP photo from U. S. Navy.
    Image and text provided by University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Library, Chapel Hill, NC.
    Photo from the The Wilmington Morning Star. [volume] (Wilmington, N.C.) 1909-1990, 02 March 1944, FINAL EDITION, Image 6, courtesy of

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