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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 Çarsamba (A 594)
  • Reclassified Ç-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
    TCG Çarsamba (A 594)
    BAM-32 124k 23 May 1980
    Istanbul, Turkey
    Photo courtesy of Karsten Petersen
    Robert Hurst
    TCG Çarsamba (Ç-4)
    BAM-32 81k . Cüneyt Demir

    There is no DANFS history currently available for BAM-32.
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