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Dour (MSF 223)
ex-AM-223



Call sign:
November - Charlie - Whiskey - Kilo


Dour served the Navies of the United States and Mexico.

Admirable Class Minesweeper:

  • Laid down 24 October 1942 by the American Shipbuilding Co., Lorain, Ohio
  • Launched 25 March 1944
  • Sponsored by Mrs. W. R. Douglas
  • Commissioned USS Dour (AM 223), 4 November 1944
  • Decommissioned 15 March 1947 at Orange, TX and laid up in the Atlantic Reserve Fleet, Texas Group, 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-223, 7 February 1955
  • Struck from the Naval Register 1 May 1962
  • Transferred to Mexico 1 October 1962 and renamed DM-16 (E 6)
  • Reclassified ID-16 in 1979
  • Struck from the Mexican Naval list in 1986
  • Retired from the Mexican Navy in August 1988
  • Fate unknown.

    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 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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    Size Image Description Source
    Dour (AM 223)
    Dour 110k Under construction Historical Collections of the Great Lakes
    USS Dour (AM 223)
    Dour 24k 18 December 1944
    U.S. Navy photo
    Hyperwar U.S. Navy in WWII
    ARM DM-16 (E 6)
    Dour 45k c. 1966 Robert Hurst

    Commanding Officers
    01LT William Vincent Byrd, USNR4 November 1944 - 31 October 1945
    Courtesy of Wolfgang Hechler, Ron Reeves and R. A. Moody

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    Association of Minemen
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