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HMS Tattoo (J 374)

BAM-32 served the Navies of Great Britain and Turkey.

Auk Class Minesweeper/Catherine Class British Minesweeper:

  • Laid down 8 June 1942 as BAM-32 by the Gulf Shipbuilding Co., Chickasaw, AL
  • Launched 27 January 1943
  • Completed 26 October 1943, transferred to Great Britain and named HMS Tattoo (J 374)
  • Returned to U.S. custody in January 1947, transferred to the State Department, Foreign Liquidation Commission, sold to Turkey and renamed TCG «arsamba (A 594)
  • Reclassified «-4
  • Struck from the Naval Register in 1985
  • Fate unknown.


  • Displacement 890 t.
  • Length 221' 3"
  • Beam 32'
  • Draft 10' 9"
  • Speed 18 kts.
  • Complement 105
  • Armament: One 3"/50 dual purpose gun mount, two twin 40mm gun mounts, two single 20mm gun mounts, two depth charge tracks and five depth charge projectors
  • Propulsion: Two diesel engines, two shafts.
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    HMS Tattoo (J 374)
    BAM-32 124k Photo courtesy of William Thomson Robert Hurst
    BAM-32 134k Crew photo
    Photo courtesy of William Thomson who's father also called William Thomson (aka Thomo, 1924-2004) is pictured top left with the fly-away hair
    BAM-32 277k c. December 1944
    Crew photo
    Standing, far left: Leading Stoker John (Jack) Stephen Tozer
    John Tozer
    Photo added 11 October 2019
    TCG «arsamba (A 594)
    BAM-32 124k 23 May 1980
    Istanbul, Turkey
    Photo courtesy of Karsten Petersen
    Robert Hurst
    TCG «arsamba («-4)
    BAM-32 81k CŁneyt Demir

    Commanding Officers
    01LT William Joseph Henry Moorman, DSC, RN29 October 1943 - Early 1944
    02T/LT Alfred Twiss, RNVREarly 1944 - 31 October 1944
    03T/LT William Robert Walker, RNVR31 October 1944 - 22 January 1945
    04LCDR Frederick George Rogers, RD, RNR, Ret.22 January 1945 - 29 August 1945
    05LCDR George Pattison Hall, RNVR29 August 1945 - 3 December 1945
    Courtesy Joe Radigan

    There is no DANFS history currently available for BAM-32
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