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Method (MSF 264)

Call sign:
Nan - Peter - Able - Love

Method served the Navies of the United States and the Soviet Union

Admirable Class Minesweeper:

  • Laid down 7 June 1943 by the American Shipbuilding Co., Lorain, OH
  • Launched 23 October 1943
  • Commissioned USS Method (AM 264), 10 July 1944
  • Decommissioned 20 May 1945
  • Transferred to the Soviet Union 21 May 1945 at Cold Bay, AK and reclassified T-276
  • Assigned to the Pacific Fleet 17 June 1945
  • Transferred 23 October 1947 to the Ministry of Transport and converted to a whaling vessel
  • Transferred to "Glavpromorrybprom" 7 August 1948 and named Purga
  • Reclassified by U.S. Navy as a Fleet Minesweeper (Steel Hull), MSF-264, 7 February 1955
  • Scrapped in the early 1960s
  • Struck from the Navy Register 1 January 1983.


  • 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, one twin 40mm gun mount, six 20mm gun mounts, one depth charge projector (hedgehogs), 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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    Mainstay 89k Method and Mainstay (AM 261) under construction Historical Collections of the Great Lakes

    Commanding Officers
    01LT Mason Albert Cartwright, USNR10 July 1944 - 20 May 1945
    Courtesy of Wolfgang Hechler, Ron Reeves and R. A. Moody

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