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Cruise (MSF 215)
ex-AM-215



Call sign:
November - Charlie - Quebec - Bravo

Admirable Class Minesweeper:

  • Laid down 7 December 1942 by the Tampa Shipbuilding Co., Tampa, FL
  • Launched 21 March 1943
  • Completed at Charleston Naval Shipyard, Charleston, SC
  • Commissioned USS Cruise (AM 215), 21 September 1945
  • Decommissioned 5 September 1946 at Philadelphia, PA
    Naval Vessel Register of 1 January 1949 lists out of commission, in reserve as March 1946
  • Reclassified as a Fleet Minesweeper (Steel Hull), MSF-215, 7 February 1955
  • Struck from the Naval Register 1 July 1972
  • Sold for scrap 1 March 1973
  • Cruise was not scrapped as reported, but was purchased by Beaufort Fisheries, Inc., Beaufort, NC, converted to a menhaden fisherman and renamed Gregory Poole, official number 558835
  • Sold in 2005 to the Dominion Marine Group of Norfolk, VA
  • Sunk in December 2007 as part of an artificial reef approximately 26 miles southeast of Indian River Inlet, DE and lies an equal distance from Cape May, NJ, Ocean City, MD and Indian River Inlet.

    Specifications:

  • Displacement 945 t.(fl)
  • Length 184' 6"
  • Beam 33'
  • Draft 9' 9"
  • Speed 14.8 kts.
  • Complement 104
  • Armament: One twin 40mm gun mount, six 20mm gun mounts, one depth charge projector (hedgehog), four depth charge projectors (K-guns), and two depth charge tracks
  • Propulsion: Two 1,710shp Cooper Bessemer GSB-8 diesel engines, National Supply Co. single reduction gear, two shafts.
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    Cruise 44k c. December 2007
    Pictured prior to being sunk as part of an artificial reef
    Joe Radigan

    Commanding Officers
    01LT Stanley Francis Luce, USNR21 September 1945
    Courtesy of Wolfgang Hechler, Ron Reeves and R. A. Moody

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    DANFS history entry located on the Haze Gray & Underway website
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    Naval Minewarfare Association
    Association of Minemen
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