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Hazard (MSF-240)

Call sign:
November - Foxtrot - Oscar - Alpha

Admirable Class Minesweeper:

  • Laid down 20 February 1944 by Winslow Marine Railway and Shipbuilding Co., Winslow, Washington
  • Launched 21 May 1944
  • Commissioned USS Hazard (AM-240), 31 October 1944
    Naval Vessel Register of 1 January 1949 lists plan for decommissioning and placing in reserve as December 1945
  • Decommissioned 27 July 1946 at Galveston, TX and laid up in the Atlantic Reserve Fleet, Texas Group
  • Reclassified as a Fleet Minesweeper (Steel Hull), MSF-240 7 February 1955
  • Sold in 1968 for private Oceanographic work
  • Turned into a museum ship in 1971 at Freedom Park, Omaha, Nebraska.


  • Displacement 945 t.(fl)
  • Length 184' 6"
  • Beam 33'
  • Draft 9' 9"
  • Speed 14.8 kts.
  • Complement 104
  • Armament: One 3"/50 cal. dual purpose mount and two 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
    USS Hazard (AM 240)
    Hazard 82k U.S. Navy photo Brian M. Kirchhoff
    Freedom Park Inc.
    Hazard 226k c. August 1945
    Buckner Bay, Okinawa
    From the collection of Curtis Tibbals
    Duane Gallagher
    Museum Ship Hazard
    Hazard 62k - Brian M. Kirchhoff
    Freedom Park Inc.
    Hazard 75k -
    Hazard 22k -
    Hazard 45k 31 May 2004
    Memorial Day
    Duane Gallagher

    Commanding Officers
    01LT Curtis Benjamin Tibbals, USNR31 October 1944 - 26 October 1945
    02LT Howard Edwin Carlson, USNR26 October 1945 - 23 November 1945
    03LTJG Ernest William Boley, Jr., USNR23 November 1945 - 17 February 1946
    Courtesy of Duane Gallagher, R. A. Moody, Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

    View Hazard (MSF-240) Freedom Park Photos
    View the Hazard (MSF 240)
    DANFS history entry located on the Naval History and Heritage Command website
    Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
    Naval Minewarfare Association
    Association of Minemen
    Historic Naval Ship Association

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