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Scrimmage (MSF 297)

Call sign:
November - Quebec - Papa - Bravo

Admirable Class Minesweeper:

  • Laid down 22 February 1943 by the Winslow Marine Railway and Ship Building Co., Seattle, WA
  • Launched 16 May 1943
  • Commissioned USS Scrimmage (AM 297), 4 April 1944
    Naval Vessel Register of 1 January 1949 lists plan for decommissioning and placing in reserve as December 1945
  • Decommissioned 22 June 1946 at Orange, TX
  • Reclassified as a Fleet Minesweeper (Steel Hull), MSF-297, 7 February 1955
  • Struck from the Naval Register 1 April 1960 and sold
  • She became a British merchantman named Giant II and used as a cable ship
  • Sold in March 1968 to the Dillingham Corp. and leased to the University of Hawaii as a research vessel
  • Renamed M/S Mahi
  • Sold in 1982 to Dacor Scuba Diving to be sunk as an artificial reef
  • Sunk approximately 1-mile off the Waianae coast in 90 feet of water.


  • 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
    USS Scrimmage (AM 297)
    Scrimmage 89k . Blade Shepherd-Jones
    M/S Giant II
    Mahi 316k . Blade Shepherd-Jones
    M/S Mahi
    Mahi 21k Bow view of M/S Mahi Heidi Kassnel
    Mahi 36k Bow of M/S Mahi showing cable reel
    Mahi 43k Interior of M/S Mahi
    Scrimmage 291k . Blade Shepherd-Jones
    Scrimmage 441k

    Commanding Officers
    01LT Robert Van Winkle, USNR4 April 1944 - 16 August 1945
    02LT Richard Charles Condon, USNR16 August 1945
    03LT Paul Edwin Henderson, USN16 January 1946 - 22 June 1946
    Courtesy of Wolfgang Hechler, Ron Reeves and R. A. Moody

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