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Hawk (AM 133)

Hawk Class Minesweeper:

  • Built in October 1937 as the steel hull trawler M/V Gale by the Bethlehem Shipbuilding Co., Quincy, MA for the General Sea Foods Corp., Boston, MA
  • Acquired by the Navy 1 January 1942
  • Conversion to a Minesweeper began 8 January 1942 at the Bethlehem Steel Co., East Boston, MA
  • Renamed Hawk 21 January 1942
  • Completed conversion and commissioned USS Hawk (AM 133), 23 May 1942
  • Decommissioned 1 May 1944
  • Transferred to the War Shipping Administration 16 September 1944, struck from the Naval Register and sold to her previous owner
  • Fate unknown.


  • Displacement 530 t.
  • Length 147'
  • Beam 26'
  • Draft 13'
  • Speed 11.5 kts.
  • Armament: Two 6-pounders
  • Propulsion: One 650shp Cooper Bessemer diesel engine, one shaft.
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    Commanding Officers
    01LTJG Harva H. Crabtree, Jr., USNR28 August 1943
    02LT Ralph William Olson, USNR16 February 1944 - 1 May 1944
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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