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Starboard elevation drawing of USS Density (AM 218)

Density (MSF-218)
ex-AM-218



Call sign:
Nan - Charlie - Sugar - How

Admirable Class Minesweeper:

  • Laid down 21 March 1943 by the Tampa Shipbuilding Co., Tampa, FL
  • Launched 6 February 1944
  • Commissioned USS Density (AM 218), 15 June 1944
  • Placed "in commission, in reserve" 14 May 1946 and laid up in the Reserve Fleet, Orange, TX
  • Decommissioned 3 March 1947 at Orange
    Naval Vessel Register of 1 January 1949 lists out of commission, in reserve as December 1945
  • Reclassified as a Fleet Minesweeper (Steel Hull), MSF-218, 7 February 1955
  • Sold in February 1955 for use as a Greek cargo ship and renamed Manoula
  • Sold again in September 1964 to a Texas Consortium for use as an offshore radio station and renamed M/V Galaxy
  • Sold for scrap in 1970
  • Sunk in the shipyard of Howaldswerke-Deutsche Werft, Kiel, Germany
  • Raised in August 1986 and scrapped.

    Specifications:

  • Displacement 945 t.(fl)
  • Length 184' 6"
  • Beam 33'
  • Draft 9' 9"
  • Speed 14.8 kts.
  • Complement 104
  • Armament: One 3"/50 dual purpose mount, one twin 40mm gun mount, six 20mm gun mounts, one depth charge thrower (hedgehogs), four depth charge projector (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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    Size Image Description Source
    Density (AM 218)
    Density 62k Building Ways, Tampa Shipbuilding Co.
    U.S. Navy photo
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    Density 66k 6 February 1944
    Prior to launching.
    U.S. Navy photo
    Density 68k 6 February 1944
    After launching.
    U.S. Navy photo
    USS Density (AM 218)
    Density 58k Port bow view
    U.S. Navy photo
    .
    Density 62k Starboard bow view.
    U.S. Navy photo
    Density 48k Starboard quarter view.
    U.S. Navy photo
    M/V Galaxy
    Galaxy 55k Anchored in the Thames Estuary, England Radio London
    Galaxy 70k
    Galaxy 50k
    Galaxy 367k c. December 1964
    Off Frinton-on-Sea, Essex, England
    This photograph was taken a week before Radio London came on air
    Photo from Pirate Radio: An Illustrated History by Keith Skues and David Kindred
    Robert Hurst
    Galaxy 275k c. 1965
    MV Galaxy in background anchored off Frinton-on-Sea, Essex, England. In the foreground the Radio London Disk Jockey Dave Lee Travis takes a ride back to land in the supply tender
    Photo from Pirate Radio: An Illustrated History by Keith Skues and David Kindred
    Galaxy 262k c. 1965
    Photo from Pirate Radio: An Illustrated History by Keith Skues and David Kindred
    Galaxy 296k c. Summer 1966
    Off Frinton-on-Sea, Essex, England
    This photograph was taken from the supply tender
    Photo from Pirate Radio: An Illustrated History by Keith Skues and David Kindred
    Galaxy 153k c. 1986
    Kiel, Germany
    John S. Platt

    Commanding Officers
    01LCDR Russell Edwin Forrester, Jr., USNR15 June 1944 - 8 December 1945
    02LT Walter Albert Smith, Jr., USNR8 December 1945 - 23 March 1946
    03LTJG W. S. Barton, USNR23 March 1946 - 23 September 1946
    04LCDR Samuel Howard Moore, USN - Retired as Rear Admiral23 September 1946 - 21 November 1946
    05LCDR Joseph Allen Matthews, USN21 November 1946 - 2 January 1947
    06ENS Francis George Crawford, USN2 January 1947 - 3 March 1947
    Courtesy 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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